Foot related sports injuries affect the body by causing pain to the feet, but can also spread pain, stress, and injury to other parts of the body as well. For example, runners may develop excessive pronation, which occurs when their foot arch flattens to the ground. The feet then cause problems with the knee as a result. In other cases, in an attempt to protect the injured foot, extra weight and stress may be put on the opposite leg, which can cause pain, injury, and other problems.
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How do foot related sports injuries affect the body?
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How do I manage my foot related sports injury on a daily basis?
If you recently sustained a foot related sports injury, daily care may be as simple as wearing a brace or wrap and avoiding overly strenuous activities. Instead of running, a sport like bicycling, swimming, or rowing - something that puts less stress on the foot - might be better. If your injury persists, however, you should see a doctor.
How does the RICE method help foot related sports injuries?
Yusuf Boyd, NASM Elite Trainer, Athletic Training, answered
As with any injury, following the R.I.C.E. principle aids the body through the healing process. R.I.C.E. stands for: rest, ice, compression, elevation.
With foot related injuries, rest is simply getting off the injured foot. Depending on severity, you may be placed on crutches, or put in a walking boot. Either way, the goal is to keep the foot from doing its job of supporting the body's weight, i.e., let it rest. When icing, remember this: leave ice on for 20 minutes, and off for at least one hour. This allows the body to go through its natural rewarming process, increasing blood flow to the injured area. During this process, inflammation that is present is slowly flushed out. To assist with the removal of the inflammation, use compression (this can be an ace bandage). Finally, elevate the limb, again this will help reduce any inflammation and create a better environment for healing to occur.
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