Game Over — How to Care for Your Feet and Ankles
When the referee calls the final score, it’s time for the team to pack up — in victory or defeat — and head home to rest up for the next game. Whether you play a sport that has back-to-back games or weekly matches, the doctors at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC want to help you reduce your risk for foot, ankle, or heel pain, among other injuries.
Before you head back to practice the next day, here are a few ways to care for your feet and ankles through maintenance and prevention.
Spot the swelling
When you’re in the middle of the game, playing hard and focusing on victory, you can miss a brief moment of pain that later leads to swelling. If you notice any swelling around your feet or ankles, take it easy. You could have an ankle sprain. Use the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation, and schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
Skip the wrong shoes
As you’re running up and down the field, defending the goal, or shooting from the free-throw line, you need support. One assumption that can later lead to an injury is that all sports require the same type of shoe. To avoid pain or other injuries, only wear shoes that are specifically created for your sport of choice. Consider orthotics for additional support.
Stop with the pain
We understand — the team is depending on you this season. However, one thing to keep in mind is that foot, ankle and heel pain is not something to push through. Delayed treatment can have a long-lasting impact. If you have post-game pain, especially if it’s becoming a new normal for you, it’s time to visit a podiatrist.
Playing sports is a great way to live a healthy and active life, and we want to help you avoid injuries that can cut your season short. Our office serves patients who live in Westfield, IN, or the Hamilton County area, and Dr. David Sullivan and his team look forward to working with you. Schedule a visit with us today or call (317) 896-6655.