Fall Means Soccer Season and Prime Time for Foot and Ankle Injuries

It’s now fall and soccer season is in full swing! Soccer is a very popular sport in our Southern Tier region, but the constant running associated with it places excessive stress on a developing foot. So now is the time for parents and coaches to think twice before coaxing young, injury-prone soccer players to “play through” foot and ankle pain.

Parents and coaches are often not aware of how serious an injury could be. When the kids continue to play with pain, they can’t give their team 100 percent and could make their injuries even worse, which will eventually prolong their time out of soccer.

Kids are skeletally immature, and the movements of starting/stopping and moving side to side on cleats, that are little more than moccasins with spikes, can create a recipe for foot and ankle sprains and worse, especially for the growth plate areas of growing bones.

So parents and coaches, be aware and thoughtful before saying to your players or kids, “No pain, No gain!” That pain may be a warning sign of a more serious injury…

For further information about various foot conditions and sports injuries, contact Dr. Marilyn Boyuka at Southern Tier Podiatry or visit www.FootHealthFacts.org, sponsored by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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