If your children are playing sports this winter or will be participating in the spring, please pay attention to six simple tips provided by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons that could protect them from serious ankle injuries.
--Have old sprains checked by a doctor before the season starts. A medical check-up can reveal whether your child's previously injured ankle might be vulnerable to sprains, and could possibly benefit from wearing a supportive ankle brace during competition.
--Buy the right shoe for the sport. Different sports require different shoe gear.
--Children should start the season with new shoes. Old shoes can wear down like a car tire and become uneven on the bottom, causing the ankle to tilt because the foot can't lie flat.
--Check playing fields for dips, divots and holes. Most sports-related ankle sprains are caused by jumping and running on uneven surfaces. That's why some surgeons recommend parents walk the field, especially when children compete in non-professional settings like public parks, for spots that could catch a player's foot and throw them to the ground. Alert coaching officials to any irregularities.
--Encourage stretching and warm-up exercises. Calf stretches and light jogging before competition helps warm up ligaments and blood vessels, reducing the risk for ankle injuries.
Please follow the tips provided above for an injury-free sporting season. However, if an injury is sustained please give one of our offices a call for a consultation:
Middleburg Heights Office: Phone (440) 243-1473
Lyndhurst Office: Phone (216) 382-8070
Beachwood Office: Phone (216) 591-1905