Many young athletes are beginning spring sports without considering the increased risk of incurring a sports-related injury. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons encourages parents to help their children take the necessary precautions to prevent foot and ankle injuries that can occur when going from indoor to outdoor sports.

These tips can help protect your child from a serious foot or ankle injury:

  1. Get a preseason health and wellness checkup. Having a medical evaluation in advance of the start of a season can help identify possible health concerns that have the potential to lead to injury.
  2. Take it slow. Ask your child’s coach to gradually increase their playing time during practice and to avoid pushing them too hard. It is important that your child’s feet and ankles become accustomed to the level of activity required for the sport they are entering.
  3. Wear proper, broken-in shoes. Wearing the appropriate, well-fitting, broken-in athletic shoes designed for a specific sport can eliminate heel and toe discomfort and improve your child’s performance.
  4. Check their technique. Pay close attention if you notice anything different about your child’s form or technique & ask your child’s coach to notify you if they have any concerns.
  5. Insist on open communication if your child has pain. Tell your child to inform you and the coach if they are experiencing any foot or ankle pain or discomfort as soon as it occurs. The sooner you can detect injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and shin splints, the sooner they can be treated.
  6. If an injury occurs, remember RICE. Often, an injured foot or ankle can be healed with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). If your child complains of foot or ankle pain, have them take a break from playing and allow time for recovery. If the pain persists, call your Podiatrist for an appointment.

We want to help keep you and your children free from injuries! Please contact Dr. Kylin Kovac for more information or if you or your child are experiencing any foot or ankle problems.

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