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Tip of the Month-
April is national foot health awareness month, and we want to give your feet a little special attention.
Foot health is a large topic, but here are some fun facts:
The AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine estimates that 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain every day, and that 40% of ankle sprains are misdiagnosed or poorly treated leading to chronic ankle disability.
40-45% of sprains are sports related.
The biggest risk factors are sports participation and prior injury. So, for those of us who have sprained an ankle, making sure we complete an individualized rehab program is essential to prevent re-injury and return to sports.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain.
Causes and risk factors include tight calves, excessively high or low arches, poor footware choices, being overweight or a recent weight gait, and standing, running or walking on hard surfaces.
The weather is finally breaking, and many of us and our kids are returning to sports. Whether it is softball, baseball, golf, or any other great outdoor activity, it is important to make sure our entire bodies are re-conditioned. Baseball players will tend to focus on shoulders, lacrosse players will be getting their legs back, but let’s not neglect our feet and ankles. A bulk of our power of whatever sport we play comes through our feet and legs. As we dig in our feet, we are able to drive through our legs and hips to direct that force to whatever ball we fancy. So plant those healthy feet, drive and swing for the fences!
A physical therapist can help you identify risk factors, or the cause of your foot pain, and not only help you get back on your feet, but prevent it from happening again.