Cincinnati winters can be unpredictable, but with colder temperatures on the way in, lots of people in and around the city are looking to take advantage of every nice day that comes by, choosing to go for a run, shoot some hoops, and maybe even squeeze in some tennis wherever nets are still up.
Whether you’re a high school athlete or a “weekend warrior” in your mid-40s, staying active and playing sports is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body. However, athletes of all ages and skill levels are susceptible to injury. You can’t always prevent them, but you can reduce your risk of common sports injuries by following a few simple steps.
Remember that shoes make a difference. That means selecting a pair that’s just right for your activity (running, basketball, tennis, etc.) and for your foot type (flat feet, high arches, etc.), and replacing them promptly when they wear down. If you have any structural deformities in your foot shape causing uneven pressure or gait abnormalities, a pair of custom orthotics from Family Foot and Ankle Center, Inc. can help.
Before you begin any activity, remember to stretch and warm up first. Gentle, slow jogging can ease muscles into activity before more vigorous exercise. Also, ease into any new sports gradually—don’t suddenly ramp up the intensity or duration of workouts after long periods of inactivity. That’s a great way to get shin splints, not to mention other common sports injuries.
Cross-training and mixing up workouts is another great way to engage multiple muscle groups and avoid overuse injuries like tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or stress fractures. Instead of pounding the pavement five days per week, try weight training, low-impact cardio, or even another sport entirely on “off” days.
Finally, whatever you play, always remember to listen to your body. Pain, swelling, blisters—these are all signs that something is wrong. If you’re experiencing chronic or acute pain in your feet or ankles from a sports injury, don’t just hope it’ll get better—call the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Center, Inc. We understand your passion for sports—ours is getting you back on your feet so you can get back to the things you love. Dial (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572 to schedule an appointment at one our six convenient offices spread throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.