Sports Injuries And How To Help Them

If you’re like the millions of Americans who’ve had a sports related foot injury at some point, you’ll know what we’re talking about. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting an injury playing something you enjoy.

Let’s talk about how to possibly prevent injuries and definitely discuss how to treat them after they happen. It starts with two simple things: stretching and braces.

 

Common Sports Foot Injuries

The most common foot injury by far is the sprained (or rolled) ankle. It accounts for one in six injuries in high school sports. Now usually, they aren’t major as nearly 50% of those are fully healed on their own within a week.

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Less than 1% of high school related ankle sprains required surgery.

But it’s still a large enough concern to be addressed.

And there appears to be no difference between genders as boy and girls sprained their ankles at almost equal rates.

Another common injury is a broken bone. Although not as common as a sprained ankle, it can still cause major problems. Especially since the healing time on broken bones is so much longer than sprained muscles.

 

Preventing Most Major Injuries

There are several competing arguments in this area. Should players wear braces to prevent injury? And if so, how much does it actually help?

Well one study by the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy suggests that ankle braces can in fact reduce the rate athletes (soccer in this study) actually obtain a sprained ankle. That is quite remarkable!

It certainly is bringing up different points as more and more people begin studying this. Take the UW Health department for example here. They did a full study of 50 high schools in Wisconsin to challenge the “ankle brace theory.”

 

Treating Most Foot Injuries

Treatment for foot injuries varies dramatically depending on what injury you have. Obviously if you know you have a broken bone in your foot, go see the doctor and get and X-ray. The professionals are the only ones who can help in those situations.

For most common ankle sprains, you can do the RICE method for healing. RICE is an acronym stankding for Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate.

This simple method of ankle sprain treatment is most often going to be your best friend. If you have an ankle sprain during sports, remember to leave your shoe ON your foot until you can get ice. The shoe keeps compression on the foot so it doesn’t swell.

Swelling will cause more problems and the ice will minimize swelling. It can also dramatically reduce the healing time if you remember this!

 

Leaving It Here

So that is a very rough and high level overview of some common foot injuries. We’ll keep adding more to it as we go. Again, we are a new site just looking to get off the ground here. Hope you had fun and keep having more fun!

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Answers to Feet FAQs

Here are some general questions many people have about feet. They should help you get a pretty good base.

Are Foot Issues A Common Problem?

According to the California Podiatric Medical Association, 75% of Americans will experience some type of foot or ankle issue at one time in their life. That’s a pretty convincing number.

What Is All In My Feet?

Each foot contains 26 bones, 35 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons. That’s all just to make one foot operate. Double that for both feet, and that is about 1/4 of the bones in your body contained in your feet.

Who Experiences More Foot Issues?

Women unfortunately are most susceptable to foot issues and injuries. In most cases, it’s because of lifelong wearing of high heels. According to the Spine Health Institute in Florida, high heels have a dramatically negative effect on the body in general. They put unnecessary pressure on feet in particular.

How Much Do We Actually Walk?

Well according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average American takes between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day. Add that up over a lifetime and it’s over 115,000 steps. That’s like walking around the globe 4 times in your life by the way.

What’s The Most Common Foot Injury?

For people over the age of 17 in the U.S., the most common injury was surveyed as a sprained or strained ankle. That was surveyed in about 60% of all Americans.

Is Flat Feet A Common Issue?

Only about 6% of the population experiences flat feet, fallen arches, bunions, etc. Not an extremely large percentage, but enough to be noticeable and actionable.

 

We’ll keep adding to this list of FAQs as they come up. This is just a preliminary list that we hope will help. If you have other interesting questions, feel free to Contact Us or add a quick comment below. Thanks and have a good walk!

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The Most Common Foot Issues Today

It’s probably safe to say the first thing people think of when they think of “foot problems” is a sprained ankle. It’s a common thing with athletes and active people. Other common problems are broken bones, Achilles issues, Arthritis, and more. There several major issues that we see commonly.

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Let’s list a few to get started and give a brief overview of what each could be. Please remember that these are only general conditions and you should still consult a professional nearby to get a more accurate assessment of your foot condition.

Most Common Foot Issues List

 

What Typically Causes Foot Pain?

Well that’s a hard question to answer without knowing exactly what’s wrong. Here’s some general ideas to look at for your foot issues, but you’ll have to dive deeper to really understand what pain you’re feeling.

High Heels / Improper Footwear

Let’s face it, many of us have no real clue how to choose quality shoes for our feet. We mostly base it off fashion. That’s how our society works. Those 6 inch heels sure don’t feel good, but damn they look good.

Or those new Nike’s don’t provide the best support for my arches, but everyone is running in Nike’s so I should too.

These decisions don’t typically lead to immediate foot pain. But rather these are the cause of long term foot problems that could have been avoided.

Improper Injury Treatment

Many people (especially athletes) have had a sprained ankle or foot problem before. It’s fairly common. However, what’s not common is properly treating the injury.

How many times have you heard a coach yell “just suck it up and keep playing.” I know I have. People try playing through injuries when their bodies tell them to stop. Then the injury gets worse and they they have to rest.

But when they rest, they still don’t full treat the injury. The RICE (Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate) formula is a good STARTING POINT for sprained ankles, but it’s not the end-all-be-all.

That’s what leads to bigger injuries down the road. Do yourself a favor and get it checked out. You may spare yourself a lot of pain and difficulties later in life.

Sitting Too Much

We live in a world that sits… constantly… We sit at work. We sit at home. All we do is sit sit sit sit. So how does this impact your feet.

Well it doesn’t impact it directly… usually.

It hurts your posture the most.

By altering your posture, you alter the way your body carries weight. This pushes and pulls muscles in ways they weren’t designed to be (think of hips and back mostly).

But guess what…

No matter, your feet carry the burden ALL the time. And when your body tries compensating for the altered posture, your feet take the weight in different areas. Usually in ways they’re not designed to either.

Notice how many girls wearing flip flops look like they have flat feet? That’s a combination of improper footwear and improper posture. They may or may not notice the foot pain now, but they will in a few years.

 

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