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1. Get ankle injuries treated right away.
- Even though it may seem like a sprain, it may not be a sprain. In addition to the sprain, your child may have also damaged cartilage or other bones in the foot. The sooner they begin rehabilitation, the sooner the long-term problems like instability or arthritis can be prevented.
- A check-up may find that your child is vulnerable to repeat ankle sprains and they may benefit from wearing a supportive brace during competition.
- We've said it before: different sports require different shoes. Football cleats and soccer cleats cannot be interchanged.
- Shoes are like tires: they wear down the more they are used.
- Most sports injuries are caused from uneven surfaces. We recommend that parents walk the field, especially public parks, to check for spots where a child's foot may get caught. Alert officials to any irregularities you find.
- Prevent injuries by warming up ligaments, blood vessels, and calf muscles to reduce the risk of ankle injuries.
Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Sports Medicine Podiatrist in CT
Podiatrist in Newington
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