Practicing proper foot care is imperative for soccer players as their feet are their primary tools for playing the game. The feet are subject to wear and tear and must be tended to if effectiveness and efficiency are sought. Parents who have kids who play soccer should make sure to check their children’s feet regularly and encourage their children to let them know if they see or feel something amiss with their feet. Routine foot care includes washing the drying the feet daily, making sure there is no excess moisture left between the toes. Feet should be washed as soon as possible after exercise, and if this is to be done in public showers or locker rooms, shower shoes should be worn to prevent fungal infections. Shoes and cleats should fit properly. Padding can be added to support the heels. Toenails should be trimmed regularly and stretching and strengthening exercises should be done to keep the feet and ankles strong and flexible. Performing such care will go a long way in preventing scrapes, athlete’s foot, blisters, and other foot and ankle-related soccer injuries. If your child has sustained a foot or ankle injury from playing soccer, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Kimberly Woodard, DPM from Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
- Broken Foot
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- Turf Toe
Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.