As parents, we are constantly challenged to balance the rewards versus risks of kids increasing their participation in physical activities including sports.
On one hand, we recognize that children are less active than the generations before them. We know that inactivity can lead to serious problems, both physically and socially, now and in the future. On the other hand, we want our children to be happy and embrace a healthy lifestyle, so we encourage them to be more active and participate in the sports they enjoy.
As adults, we know that physical exercise is great for the ‘soul’, but it’s not always kind to the ‘sole’. Talk to your Registered Chiropodist about maximizing performance and reducing the risk of sports related conditions, in children and adults alike:
Common Sports Related Foot Problems and Injuries
- stress fractures
- sprains and strains
- heel spur syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
- shin splints
- hamstring injuries
The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. It’s no wonder sports related foot problems and injuries occur. However, there are ways to protect your feet and your children’s feet.
Four Fundamentals for Avoiding Injuries
- Have your feet checked and cared for regularly by a Registered Chiropodist
- Buy proper shoes for your sport
- Wear custom-made sports orthotics if suggested by your Registered Chiropodist
- Follow a warm up and cool down routine before and after physical activity
What are Sports Orthotics?
An orthotic, a corrective device worn inside a sports shoe, boot, or skate, can help the muscles, tendons and bones of your feet and lower legs function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, custom-made orthotics can decrease pain, not only in your feet, but in other parts of the body, such as your knees, hips and lower back.
The Werkman Foot & Orthotic Clinic in Oakville is dedicated to helping prevent foot problems and injuries! Talk to us about your favourite sport today!