How to Protect Your Child from Feet & Ankle Injuries in Sports
Football, cross-country, soccer – any sport in which your child runs, creates the chance of strains, sprains and broken bones in the feet. Ouch! Take a few extra precautions before sending your child out to the field, court, or tracks!
Before your child even puts on his uniform, make sure that his or her athletic shoes fit properly. This can be an issue, especially while they are in growth spurts, because their shoes may need to be replaced within the same season! Also, be sure to replace any worn down shoes as they put additional stress on the ankle by not letting the foot lie flat.
Check the playing field for any divots, dips or holes and tell the coach if you find them. Most sports injuries occur from uneven playing surfaces.
Encourage coaches to emphasize stretching and warm-up exercises. Stretching the calves and doing light jogging before games will help to warm up ligaments and muscles, reducing their chance of injury.
Finally, remember that sprains are not always sprains. Be sure to have a doctor inspect any ankle or foot injury that causes pain for more than 2 days – it could be that your child has suffered a broken bone. Sages’ Healing Center has excellent resources for obtaining x-rays and providing the necessary treatments so that your child can continue to play sports pain-free.