Slamming and smashing our feet into the pavement as we skateboard can take its toll on the ankles and feet. The most frequent foot and ankle problems skateboarders encounter are heel bruises, flat feet, and ankle rolls. If you skateboard and want to continue doing this for some time, it is important to take care of your feet. Wash, dry, and moisturize them daily. Wear properly fitting skate shoes and only wear them for skating. When the feet are sore, take a break, rest, and even soak the feet. Skate shoes do not provide the best support in terms of padding and arch support. Extra support in the heel of skate shoes may help prevent heel bruises. A looser-fitting shoe and gel inserts might help with foot pain caused by flat feet. If you are into skateboarding and are experiencing foot problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment options.
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Paul Drucker from NYC Foot Care, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
- Broken Foot
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- Turf Toe
Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 70th Street Manhattan, 60th Street Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, Plainview, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.