Posts for: May, 2015
Preventing Youth Sports Injuries
As sports are underway, parents and your podiatrist understand that children take to sports like fish to water. Almost as soon as they begin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against nobody in particular. Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football. Today, however, that has changed significantly. Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse. The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.
Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available. We are available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.
Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact. Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures. Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports. Sports related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate in sports.
Contact your podiatrist for more information on proper footwear and care for your child’s feet. Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.
What’s Causing my Leg Pain?
Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint that might send you to your podiatrist. If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons including:
Shin Splints. This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed. You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces due to the repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.
Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet, and do not have proper orthotics or shoes you can experience leg pain. Due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg, you may begin to feel pain. To treat flat feet, it is important to a podiatrist, for proper diagnosis and orthotics.
Sprained Ankle. A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain. For mild sprains, your New York podiatrist recommends RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C. immediately.
Diabetic Neuropathy. With diabetes, nerves can be damaged from high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can cause pain in both legs along with numbness and less sensation in lower legs. By visiting your podiatrist in New York you can take charge of your diabetes and protect your feet and legs.
By visiting Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C., you can prevent leg pain and foot pain. Visit your New York podiatrist today for further diagnosis and treatment options so you can live pain free.