Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Soccer, a dynamic and high-impact sport, poses significant risks for ankle injuries among players. Common ankle injuries in soccer include sprains, strains, and fractures, often resulting from sudden direction changes, collisions, or awkward landings during gameplay. These injuries can sideline players for weeks or even months, disrupting training schedules and team dynamics. To mitigate the risk of ankle injuries, players should prioritize proper warm-up and stretching routines before matches and training sessions to prepare muscles, tendons, and ligaments for the demands of play. Wearing appropriate footwear with ankle support and traction can enhance stability and reduce the likelihood of slips and falls. Additionally, practicing proper tackling and landing techniques, such as keeping the feet planted and knees bent upon impact, can help minimize the risk of ankle trauma. Strengthening exercises targeting the ankles and lower body muscles, including calves and shins, can improve stability and resilience against injury. If you are interested in learning more about soccer injury prevention techniques or have endured a soccer injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact David Carmack, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 16 February 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

When choosing cleats for your child's sport, it is essential to prioritize both their performance and foot health. Traditional studded cleats, especially those with only two heel studs, can make conditions like Sever’s disease worse by increasing pressure under the heel. Opt for cleats with four or more heel studs. All purpose turf-style cleats can help distribute weight-bearing forces more evenly and alleviate discomfort. Football cleats, while popular, may pose risks in sports like soccer, due to their distal toe stud, although they are functionally similar to lacrosse cleats. Soccer cleats, known for agility, often lack support and padding, which may be problematic for children with loose ligaments. Additionally, the thin and flexible soleplates of soccer cleats may not provide sufficient support, especially for those requiring arch support. Baseball cleats, subject to league regulations, may feature metal spikes, requiring attention to player safety during slides. Turf cleats emerge as a versatile option, offering better support, traction, and weight distribution across the foot. If your child is experiencing foot, toe, or ankle pain related to their sports activity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to detect the cause and offer guidance on footwear choices as well as treatment options.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact David Carmack, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

A foot stress fracture is a common injury resulting from repetitive strain and overuse of the bones in the foot. Unlike acute fractures caused by sudden trauma, stress fractures develop gradually due to the cumulative effect of repetitive stress on the bones, often stemming from activities like running, jumping, or prolonged standing. These microcracks typically occur in weight-bearing bones, such as the metatarsals, and can lead to localized pain, swelling, and tenderness. Foot stress fractures are particularly prevalent among athletes and individuals engaged in high-impact activities. Recognizing the symptoms, which may mimic other foot conditions, is essential for an accurate diagnosis and timely intervention. Rest, along with wearing proper footwear and a gradual return to activity, forms the cornerstone of treatment. If you have endured a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and offer the treatment method that is best for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact David Carmack, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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