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What increases my risk for foot related sports injuries?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Your risk for foot related sports injuries increases when you exercise or play without warming up and stretching before you begin your activity. Proper warm ups can increase your flexibility and range of motion while loosening up your body. Unstretched muscles, ligaments, and tendons will be tight and are more likely to become injured. Bad or wrong equipment can also increase your risk for foot related sports injuries. Wrong, old, poorly fitting, or low support shoes can contribute to the likelihood of injury. In addition, you are more likely to be injured in a high-impact sport that stresses your body more.

Aaron Nelson
Sports Medicine
Improper mechanics of the foot, such as pronation(foot flattening out), supination(hig arch), foot externally rotating(turning out) as well as other kinetic chain issues such as issues at the knee and pelvis can contribute to sports related foot injuries. Correcting imbalances by strengthening weak muscles and stretching/foam rolling tight muscles can help reduce the risk of injury. Sometimes, it is also necessary to wear inserts or orthotics to help correct problems of the foot and to help aid in shock absorption. Also, make sure you are wearing proper footwear for the sport you are playing.

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