Michael J. Cornelison, DPM, FACFAS
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Cupertino, California 95014
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Tips for Sportsperson to Prevent Ankle and Foot Injury

If you are a sports pro or have a penchant for common sports, such as running, soccer and tennis, it's important to remember that you are at a high risk of getting your ankle or foot injured. However, it doesn't mean that you should give up on your love of the game or start searching for another profession. Rather, you should take some precautionary measures to minimize the risk of injury. The foot pain doctors of Cupertino Podiatry shared some tips to help sports enthusiasts and sportspersons steer clear of ankle and foot injuries:

• Warm up before any sports activity: The doctors stressed the need of doing a slow jog for 2-3 minutes or stretching lightly to warm up the muscles. However, they cautioned against doing extreme stretches with a bouncing motion.

• Condition the muscles: The foot pain doctors talked about some common injuries, which are triggered by the enthusiasm of people who take on strenuous activities - all at one go. They advised that it's best to increase the time spent on a particular activity gradually, over a period of few weeks, to ensure that you build both mobility and muscle strength. Another effective way to build the muscles is to participate in different activities and benefit from the cross training.

• Selecting the right shoes: While people with high arches or a stiffer foot should select shoes with a softer platform and more cushion, those with low arches should choose shoes that offer proper support under the arch as well as the front. It's best to use shoes designed for the sport you want to indulge in. Replacing the shoes at the right time is also crucial. Therefore, you should be careful to notice when the heels wear down or the tread wears out, as they would signal a change of shoes to be imminent. Usually, regular runners should get their shoes replaced every six months, while an avid runner should ideally do it more frequently.

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• Don't run/walk on uneven surfaces: Many people suffer from ankle and foot injuries while walking/running on rocky terrain, or uneven surfaces like those having loose gravel. People with pain or problem in their lower legs should choose a suitable surface to walk/run on. For example, knowing that a dirt road is softer as compared to an asphalt road and an asphalt road is softer than one made of concrete can help these people select a good surface. Since professional runners can't pick their surface to run upon, it's best for them to get trained on the surface that they will have to eventually run on.

• Avoid recurrent injuries: If you have suffered from ankle injuries earlier, you could use a tape or brace to avoid recurrent ankle injuries.

• Listen to your body: Lastly, you need to pay heed to your body's signs of pain and discomfort. If you experience ankle and foot pain during a sport, you should stop the activity immediately and consult a foot pain doctor. You can dial 408-446-5811 to set an appointment with doctors of Cupertino Podiatry to seek an expert's opinion on what's wrong. You may even use http://www.cupertinopodiatrist.com/ to fix an appointment and get yourself checked. The doctor may either recommend you to stop or modify the activity until the pain subsides. In case preliminary examinations reveal any injury, you may be advised to go through a period of rehabilitation and training before you return to your favorite sport. This is to ensure that you stay away from recurrent injuries.

Since prevention is better than cure, it pays to use these tips to decrease your chances of being affected by ankle and foot injuries. However, if you feel any discomfort or pain, or notice any swelling/limp, itís best to contact your foot pain doctor without any further delay. You may even browse www.footpainreliefproducts.com and www.ourdoctorstore.com/cornelison to find products that can help you manage your pain and discomfort better.

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