Walk it off attitude – Football Season and Feet

Statesman photoWith the temperature lowering and the official start of fall occurring few days ago, Texas football has been well underway the past few weeks. Hopefully you have gotten out to see what our local athletes have been working and training hard get to with every game.  There have been great games every week and some of these young men might be on the field for the Longhorns in a just few years.  We here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists just want to remind our young athletes that taking care of your health now will allow you to continue to play for years to come.

There is one particular old saying that we would like to discredit.  ‘Walk it off’ is a phrase that has long pushed athletes to play through pain or injury; and, unfortunately, has led many players to complicate or worsen an injury before seeking treatment. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.   It is important for anyone who is injured to respond you’re body’s pain cues to prevent furthering any injury.  For the young athletes, not treating injuries promptly or playing on after injury can have longstanding implications. Not only can complicated injuries affect the ability to continue to play through high school, college, or beyond; but also many aspects of their adult life.

Not all hits will result in pains or injury, but when the pain persists beyond a few minutes it may indicate the injury is more serious.  Whether muscle, tendon, or bony injury pain that continues beyond a few minutes is a good sign u should discontinue your activity. Contrary to popular belief you can walk on a fractured bone.  While some fractures may prohibit certain movements or actions, many fractures will not. A simple fracture is one in which there is no or little movement between the two pieces of the fracture.  These fractures can often be treated with immobilization in a cast and time.  When these fractures sustain a second injury, surgery may be required to correct them.  Don’t take the chance of worsening an injury by continuing to play before seeking out medical attention.

Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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