posted: Aug. 30, 2021.
At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know our Glendale families are getting ready for fall sports. While youth and adults look forward to the season start-up, there are also risks for sports-associated podiatric injuries. Throw a flag on these potential injury zones and protect your child’s feet and ankles.
Old Injuries—Children and teens who have previously sprained an ankle or have sustained another sports injury should be examined by our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, before heading out onto the field or court. Contact our Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 office for an appointment. A prior injury’s lack of complete rehabilitation may leave your child open for a future injury or chronic pain and discomfort. The foot doctor may recommend a brace, orthotics, exercises, or accommodations to footwear to help protect the injured area.
Fatigued Footwear—It’s best to purchase new athletic shoes at the start of the season. Children’s feet grow fast, which could cause harm and injury if they play in too-small shoes for their feet. Look for footwear that is designed especially for the sport your child plays. Don’t accept used sports shoes—they will not fit properly and can transmit fungal infections. Get your child professionally measured and fitted for their new shoes.
Start-Up Fouls— Make sure your child or teen engages in conditioning before going full speed into fall practices. Get your child moving well before the season begins! Many injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and others result from engaging in an excessive amount of intense physical activity after a period of being sedentary.
Poor Playing Conditions—A common cause of sports injuries is playing on poor surfaces. It’s a good idea to check out the field or court for divots, loose rocks, or uneven surfaces. Alert the coach to any potential dangers you notice.