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School might not let out for another month and a half, but you can bet that kids are already gearing up for their favorite summer sports. Whether it’s lacrosse league, soccer camp, or just a pickup game of basketball at the neighborhood park, there are certain tips we should follow before we (or our children!) take the field. Sports can be a lot of fun and are good for our health, but we need to make sure we don’t get injured in the excitement!

The first, and perhaps most obvious-yet-overlooked, tip is to wear the proper footwear –a simple tennis shoe doesn’t cut it! In sports like basketball where jumping is common, you’ll want a thick sole to save you from stress fractures. In sports like soccer, you’ll want to wear a proper soccer cleat to give you the traction you need and save you from turf toe and ankle sprains. In lacrosse however, you’ll want a shoe with high ankle support. This provides the necessary support for quick changes in direction and helps you from rolling your ankle. Whatever sport you are planning to play, be sure you have the right footwear!

Before the whistle blows, you’ll want to be sure to warm up and stretch adequately. Not only will your performance on the field be significantly better after you’ve loosened your muscles up a bit, but  you will reduce the risk for sports-related injuries like Achilles tendinitis, strained muscles, or ankle sprain. It can even help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with arthritis!

The last tip is to communicate with your podiatrist about the types of sports you plan to or currently are playing. Your podiatrist here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ can help evaluate your shoe needs, and be sure your shoe fits properly. They can also instruct you on proper stretching techniques for your foot and ankle to help decrease your chance of a sports injury. So, whether you are coming in to make sure you’re ready to hit the court, or maybe you think you already broke your toe kicking the soccer ball, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care today.

By Nrupa Shah

 

For all you runners out there I’m sure you’ve heard of barefoot running and may have been thinking about trying it. People who run barefoot swear by it and say it’s so much better than running with actual running shoes and that it promotes a healthier lifestyle. A majority of people who barefoot run don’t actually run barefoot; they wear those “shoes” that look like toe socks, you all know what I’m talking about.

If you’re a runner you’ve either experienced a running related injury or you know someone who has, and I’m sure you or your friend were wearing running shoes. So should you make the switch to barefoot running to try and prevent these injuries? A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal produced results that over a 10 week period 10 out of 19 barefoot runners who wore those toe socks looking shoes showed signs of bone injury, whereas only 1 out of 17 runners who wore running shoes showed signs of injury. Now I’m sure it’s pretty obvious but having a foot bone injury makes it pretty difficult to run and have a healthier lifestyle.

When it comes to being active it is always best to find the things that work best for you! But it is also important to watch and maintain the health of your feet so you can continue to be active and healthy. If you do decide to try something new, like barefoot running, and start to experience any foot pain be sure to make an appointment with your local podiatristat Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ! They can help you prevent a serious injury and give some recommendations for what shoes would best suit your foot type.

By  Varun Gujral

Summer is in full swing now and I’m sure everyone is ready to go running, swimming or play some volleyball. Most likely a majority of us haven’t been very active since last summer! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 8 tips to make sure you and your feet are ready for any summer activity!

  1. Always make sure you stretch out before starting any activity. This will help your muscles get ready and prepare for whatever fun you are about to have! Stretching prevents any sprains or strains that could happen.
  2. Walking!  Going for a brisk 5 minute walk after stretching is also very helpful to your muscles.
  3. Make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for your activity! If you’re going running or playing any type of sport it is best to NOT wear flip flops.
  4. Make sure whatever type of sneakers you’re wearing are comfortable, if your feet are uncomfortable in the shoes you’re wearing you are more likely to get injured.
  5. Make sure you feel the inside of your sneakers for a smooth surface, you will probably be sweating in your shoes and if there is anything inside to irritate your skin this could be bad!
  6. If you must wear any type of sandals make sure yours are supportive and comfortable, flat flip flops are very bad for your feet and can lead to pain and injuries.
  7. Always check out your feet!  Sounds weird right? But looking for any dry or cracked skin and treating it right away can prevent serious skin problems later in the summer.
  8. Make sure to check your toe nails too. Toe nails can become infected, despite how weird that seems. If your nails look a different color or texture you may have an infection.

It is very important to take care of your feet all year round, but starting out new activities in the summer is a very important time to watch how we are treating our feet! A lot of our favorite athletes like Tiger Woods or Roger Federer who play summer sports are very careful about what shoes they’re wearing and how they prepare before they go golf or play tennis. If you do notice any changes in your feet or start to feel any pain after an activity it is important to go see your local podiatrist right away at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ.

By Varun Gujral

 

This injury got its interesting name because it is common to football players who play on turf or fake grass fields. James Starks, of the Green Bay Packers, battled with this injury leading into the 2012-2013 season, and it threatened to keep him from playing. I know you’re wondering how something so minor can keep a star NFL player from playing. This injury is more severe than one would think. Turf toe is caused by the ligaments around your big toe joint being sprained. This injury is most common on turf fields because the hard surface causes the toe to lie flat instead of bending while the player is running or getting hit. Even though this injury is named after football players it is common in other sports such as gymnastics, basketball and soccer.

The common symptoms of this injury include pain, swelling and limited movement of the toe joint. If the injury results over time the pain and swelling develop gradually and get worse over time. If the injury occurs suddenly the pain is immediate and gets worse over the first 24 hours. Sometimes a popping noise will be heard. A podiatrist will examine the toe joint and usually order and X-ray to rule out any other injuries. After turf toe has been diagnosed the recommended treatment is rest, ice, compression and elevation. Your podiatrist may also tape the toe to the toe next to it to relieve pressure and strain off of the big toe. This is recommended for two to three weeks, and sometimes physical therapy is required to help regain proper movement of the joint.

There are a few ways to help prevent this injury! One of the best ways is to wear supportive shoes, or you can have special inserts made to prevent the toe from extreme bending or force. Dr. Gujral of  Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care can help you in either of his offices in Edison or in Monroe, NJ.  He can help you with prevention and treatment of this injury!

By Varun Gujral