How to Protect Your Feet When Playing Football

Learn the best ways to protect your foot health while on the field.

Nothing can be more invigorating than playing some good ol’ fashion football. Whether you play on a professional team or you just enjoy an occasional game with friends in the backyard anyone is prone to foot and ankle injuries if you don’t arm your feet with the proper protection. From the office of your Hastings foot doctor Dr. David Mansky, find out how to safeguard your feet while enjoying your favorite sports.

Stretch before activity

Cold muscles are more likely to be injured when they suddenly go from being sedentary to fully active. Prevent these strains and sprains from keeping you out of the game by performing some light stretches beforehand. Warming up the body about 15 minutes before the game can prevent issues such as shin splints, sprained Achilles and other sore muscles. Talk to your Hastings podiatrist Dr. Mansky about the best stretching and strengthening exercises to perform.

Proper footwear

While blisters might not seem like a big deal they can certainly cause enough pain to affect your performance. Blisters often form due to friction and pressure caused by wearing ill-fitted spikes that aren’t designed for such active lifestyles. This is why it’s important that you find the proper shoes for your sport. To get the ultimate protection, visit a shoe specialty store and talk to an expert about the ideal shoe for you. Always try shoes on beforehand to make sure there is enough room for your toes to wiggle. Getting spikes that fit will go a long way to preventing painful problems like hammertoes, blisters and calluses.

Custom orthotics

Whether you are dealing with structural issues such as fallen arches or you are prone to painful inflammatory conditions such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis it’s important to prevent these problems from flaring up, especially while in the heat of the game. Custom orthotics designed by your Hastings podiatrist Dr. Mansky can give you the support, stability and comfort you need to help cushion your feet while active. These customized shoe inserts are specially made for your foot shape and conditions so you get the best support at all times.

Even with the best protection accidents can still happen. If you experience an injury to your foot or ankle it’s time to call your Hastings foot doctor. Even if your symptoms are minimal it’s important to make sure your condition doesn’t get worse. After all, we don’t want you to be benched for the rest of the season. Call our office today to protect the health of your feet.