March Madness and your Feet

 March Madness and your Feet!

Basketball is a high-impact and physically demanding sport. Hughston Health Alert indicates that more than 1.6 million Americans sustain foot and ankle injuries annually while participating in basketball. Many of these injuries are chronic or overuse injuries. They occur gradually and you might not ever recall a specific injury. These problems -- such as stress fractures, instability and chronic pain -- can lead to sore feet. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to help eliminate sore feet.

 

Common treatments include the RICE. The acronym RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation.

 

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine indicates that many of the pains and injuries felt in basketball can be prevented by proper conditioning.  Always stretch and warm up prior to a basketball game.

 

Durable, high-quality shoes go a long way toward preventing sore feet in basketball. A good pair of shoes also can help to prevent ankle, leg, hip and back pain. Shoes should provide your feet with proper stability, flexibility and shock absorption.

 

When conservative measures fail or pain persists for more than five days, visit a podiatrist, or foot doctor. A podiatrist can investigate what is causing your pain. Dr. Kalish and staff can help keep you in the game.

 

 

 

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