Sports medicine focuses on helping people improve their athletic performance, recover from injury and prevent future injuries.
Sports medicine professionals treat a wide variety of patients. Professional and amateur athletes, those who want better results from their exercise program, people who have suffered injuries and are trying to regain full function and those with disabilities who are trying to increase mobility and capability can all benefit. We also treat children and teens involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal fitness, as well as people who have physically demanding jobs, like construction workers.
Many sports are hard on the feet because of quick repetitive movements, constricting footwear with little support, and/or increased exposure to impact and risk of injury or trauma. The following is a brief overview of some of the most common injuries that result from particular sports.
Martial Arts and Kick Boxing
Injuries commonly seen as a result of martial arts and kick boxing include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures and ankle sprains. Stretching is recommended to help prevent injury: specifically, a minimum of 15 minutes of stretching before performing any kicking or punching.
Impact forces from aerobics can reach up to six times the force of gravity, which is transmitted to each of the 28 bones in the foot. That is why proper shoes are crucial to successful, injury-free aerobics. Shoes should provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to compensate for pressure on the foot many times greater than found in walking. They must also have good medial-lateral or side to side stability. This side to side movement often performed in aerobics is different than running on a treadmill, therefore certain running shoes may not be appropriate for aerobics. One of our doctors can help recommend the best shoes for your activities.
Activities such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse often lead to foot and ankle injuries as a result of play on artificial surfaces, improper or non supportive footwear, and/or inadequate stretching. The proper stretching regimen, padding, strappings, inserts and shoe gear and provide the support need to help prevent pain and injury. See one of our podiatrists if pain or injury occurs or if you need further advice on prevention.