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Fighting Children’s Sports Injuries

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that’s true in a lot of ways, including enthusiasm for sports. Professional, college, school, club, and pee-wee teams abound. Austin has several basketball leagues for kids running right now, and when one season ends, another begins. Many kids now train for their activity of choice all year, doing camps and club teams in the off-season. More sports, of course, also means more opportunities for injuries.
 

Children’s sports injuries can range from mild to season-ending. While kids tend to bounce back quickly from many problems, allowing a child to play when he or she has not fully recovered from a previous problem could turn a small, easily fixed issue into a very painful one. Many of the conditions that young athletes face are even preventable if you are careful.
 

If your child plays a sport, pay extra attention to his or her lower limbs this year. Children’s sports injuries don’t have to keep your young athlete on the sidelines. Invest in good athletic shoes that are designed to handle the strain of the game while still supporting and cushioning your child’s feet and ankles. Help your athlete stretch out his or her lower limbs and do simple exercises like heel raises or towel grabs to condition the muscles in the feet. If your child does incur an injury, have it evaluated and treated right away so that he or she can heal without complications, and get back in the game as soon as possible.
 

If you’re concerned about your young athlete’s feet, or your child already complains of foot discomfort, contact the experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment or more information. Visit the online contact page or call us at (512) 328-8900 to take care of your child right away.
 

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Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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