The Rosedale neighborhood in Austin, TX shows their pride in the local community by improving parks throughout the city. In 2015 alone, over 10,000 hours were given by almost 3,000 volunteers in about 100 different projects to make our parks better for everyone. Why not get out and enjoy these wonderful community resources during the summer months—maybe to play sports with friends or loved ones? It’s a great way to improve your overall physical wellness. When you do, we hope you are able to stay safe, and we have some injury prevention tips that can help.
Some of the best ways to prevent injury to your feet and ankles are to:
- Choose the right footwear. In part, this means making sure you have the right shoes for the sport you play. Beyond that, though, you need to pick out models that cushion the heel and offer robust arch support. These features will protect your feet from several common overuse injuries.
- Start out slow. If it has been a while since you were last active, start out slowly and pace yourself at first. Going full speed for extended periods on the soccer field or basketball court could be a recipe for injury.
- Warm up and stretch. Prior to your game, be sure take time for a proper warmup and some dynamic stretching. Preparing your body for action will keep you safe once the starting whistle blows.
- Don’t push through injury. Sorry, Coach, but “rub some dirt on it” is definitely an antiquated notion! If you are hurt, step away from the game and give your body time to heal. This will prevent the injury from becoming more severe and reduce the odds of developing a long-term problem.
Whether you would like additional injury prevention tips to stay safe on the field or you need the latest in state-of-the-art care for an existing injury, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is ready to help. Our doctors are committed to continual education in the latest sports injury advancements, and we take pride in bringing in new equipment and technology to offer our patients the best experience in foot and ankle care. Contact us for more information by calling (512) 328-8900 or schedule an appointment with our Austin, TX office online today.