By Foot First Podiatry
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The warm weather is here and the basketballs are bouncing around the courts! First sign of spring brings the energy to get out here and play a hard game of Basketball.  Foot First Podiatry in New Albany understands the game and can bring you safety tips so you don’t end up out of commission for the season.

Shoes

  • Wide shoe box allows room to wiggle so blisters, corns and calluses remain at bay.
  • Light Weight sneakers are good for breathing as to avoid athlete’s foot.
  • Well cushioned midsoles absorb shock and promote stability
  • Firm heels fit snuggly and keep the heel in place.
  • Laces give closure and the ability to adjust tightness.

Warm up

  • Stretching is a key in Basketball as it is most demanding with its twists and turns. Before you put your muscles to work you need to stretch them so they don’t tear. Start with a quick warm up then a few simple stretches without bouncing!
  • Conditioning gives you the strength you need to make the right moves without injuring yourself. You need to be in shape to handle the demand that Basketball puts on your body.

Injury

  • Ankle sprains are one of the most common and usually are a result of a fast twist or roll beyond the normal range of motion. This injury will usually heal without surgery and only requires the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.
  • Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed from repeated stress. It can be quite painful while it swells up and becomes stiff. This injury can also tear the tendon which can add several weeks to recovery and may lead to surgery depending on the severity of the tear.
  • Plantar Fasciitis which effects the heel ligament. The ligament becomes inflamed and the symptoms may take a while to go away. Non-surgical treatment, like rest and ice, can usually tackle this one.

 

Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is well versed in team sports and the injuries that can occur during a hard play or just a simple accident on the court.  If you have injured your feet or ankles playing basketball or any other sport call us at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment.  Don’t let common injuries keep you off the court!

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