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Keep your feet safe this football season

Although summer is sadly coming to a quick end, the fall is always a season that many look forward to. Whether it’s a new school season, the change of weather and scenery, or the start of a new football season, fall is a favourite.

Football is a fun sport regardless if you’re watching or playing! Although the intense impact-filled sport is loved, football can cause some injuries. Ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, and turf toe are a few major foot injuries that commonly occur during a football game. Below, Chiropodist Brain Cragg provides information on each of these conditions.

Ankle Sprains: With running and tackling, ankle sprains can occur with just the slightest turning of the foot during a play. You’ll know right away if you’ve turned your ankle because of the pain and swelling. One of the most common treatments is R.I.C.E. – rest, icing, compression, and elevation. Allowing your ankle time to heal with help prevent more serious issues from occurring.

Achilles Tendonitis: With any sport, overuse injuries can develop such as an Achilles tendonitis where pain is felt in the back of the ankle. If the condition is ignored, the injury can worsen into an Achilles tendon rupture that requires months for recovery.

Turf Toe: The most common football foot injury, turf toe occurs when your big toe is jammed into the ground and bent backward beyond its limits. Symptoms include immediate pain, toe joint stiffness and less flexibility. Your toe joint will also be more vulnerable to the development of arthritis. If the injury isn’t treated properly, it can limit any athlete’s ability to fully compete in any sport.

You can protect your feet from risking these football injuries by making sure you engage in:

  • Proper warm-up before sport activity.
  • Wearing proper shoes designed for football.
  • Wearing padded inserts to your shoes for extra support and protection.

Our goal is to help you enjoy an injury-free football season! If you do experience any foot or ankle pain, please set up an appointment at our office and Brian will work with you to determine the best treatment process.

Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis, ankle pain, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, gait abnormalities, or arch pain? Don’t endure walking with your foot pain any longer! Our office can provide custom-made orthotics that are specifically designed for your foot shape.  Orthotics can help your hurting feet with extra support and cushioning to the areas you need it most.

What makes orthotic inserts beneficial for your feet? Chiropodist Brian Cragg provides information on the following types of custom-made orthotics that are designed differently depending on the foot condition with which you’ve been diagnosed. They include:

  • Rigid orthotics.These inserts are made from harder material, such as plastic or carbon fiber, and are specifically designed to realign your feet. The orthotic helps control motion of the two joints that are below your ankle to correct excessive rolling inward of the foot.  This rolling inward is also referred to as over-pronation.
  • Soft orthotics. Soft materials are used to provide extra cushioning and shock absorption.  This type of orthotic is used to protect your feet from painful problems such as arthritis, diabetic foot complications, or other deformities. Soft orthotics can improve your balance and remove pressure from sore areas of your feet.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics. A combination of protection and functional control, semi-rigid orthotics, are usually designed for athletes. Made up of both soft and rigid materials, these orthotic inserts can align your feet while providing the support you need for intense action sports that put your feet at risk for injury.

If you think orthotics may be beneficial for your foot pain, contact our office to set up an appointment today! Brian can evaluate and diagnose your foot condition and determine whether custom orthotic inserts are a good fit to help treat your pain. A cast will be taken of your foot to obtain the exact shape of your foot so your orthotics are naturally fit to relieve pain and correct foot alignments or structure.