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I recently had a patient who came to me with blisters and pre-ulcerative calluses to both feet and was experiencing pain after her basketball games. It turns out she has been in other sports, including basketball in previous years, without similar issues. After further questioning, I found out that she was wearing a team basketball shoe meaning everyone on the team wore the same style of shoe. Let’s face it, I’m a woman and I like things to match. After all, it looks good when the team runs onto the court with matching shoes, but ultimately it is not the best choice for the team and their feet. Here are five reasons that team shoes may not be a good idea:
1. Foot type: Everyone is born with a different foot type that can’t all be accommodated by the same shoe. Some people have high arches while others have low arches and some people fall in between that spectrum. Each person may need a different amount of support and stability as a result and what may seem comfortable to one may not be comfortable to all.
2. Size/width: Aside from foot type, feet come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not all shoes come in a wide range of widths and lengths that will allow for a proper fit for everyone on the team.
3. Deformities: Young people can have deformities such as bunions, tailor bunions, hammertoes etc. which causes the shoe to be too snug or cause pain. It is important that an athlete is pain free during and after their activity.
4. Devices: Some athletes may need to wear braces or custom inserts in their shoes which will cause a shoe to fit differently than someone who doesn’t use these devices.
5. Injury: Athletes are at a higher risk of injury when wearing shoes that do not fit appropriately for a couple reasons. First, if the shoe structure and amount of stability is not correct for a certain foot type, sprains and strains are more likely to occur. Secondly, if the shoe is not comfortable people generally compensate by walking/running differently which also sets an athlete up for injury.
Unfortunately, small North Dakota towns have teams that are small in number with no one to fill the bench and are in dire need of each and every player, which happens to be the case with my patient. With that being said, preventing injuries is critical and avoiding team shoes is just one way to prevent this.
Shin Splints: What are they? How to treat them?
What are shin splints? In layman’s terms it’s the name athletes used to refer to pain along the shin bone. Medial tibial stress syndrome or medial tibial traction periostitis is an accurate medical description of what we like to call shin splints.
Medial tibial stress syndrome is the most common type of shin pain. It is an injury that generally occurs when one increases training too quickly or pushes themselves too hard too soon. Shin splints can also be brought on when the training environment changes. Switching to hard surfaces or running up hills can bring on shin splints. Too much running, sprinting, or jumping are obvious contributors and can increase pain in the shin as well.
Shin splints can be treated at home with a few basic applications. Rest when you can. Ice the shin area with cold therapy and a compression wrap. Do this for 10 minutes every hour. As symptoms improve decrease treatment to 3 or 4 times a day.
Other possible treatments include getting proper footwear. The right shoes can do a lot for your feet. Adding a heel lift or looking into custom orthotics can help prevent shin splints. It’s important to strengthen the area as well. Calf raises will help strengthen part of the area but we also need to strengthen the front in an effort to avoid muscle imbalance.
If symptoms don’t improve you may have a more serious issue. If you have an interest in proper footwear or custom orthotics Contact Us at Our Bismarck Office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
I see it time and again, people who only exercise on the weekends, play basketball once a week or are in middle school or high school, etc. and they get an injury. 75% of the time this is due to the fact they don’t take the time to warm up or cool down properly. It seems like a waste of time until you develop an injury, so believe me it is much better to try and prevent an injury than to have to be treated for weeks or months to have an injury heal.
Did you know there are about 300,000 ankle sprains seen just in the emergency rooms every year? About 90% of those go under treated. I see sprains that may have happened an hour ago or I see one that happened a year ago, all sprains have one thing in common-you have to maintain range of motion, you have to ice and elevate and you need to be assessed as to how serious it is. Once assessed we can determine what activities you can do and how soon you’re going to be able to get back to your daily activities versus your heavy activities and your sports/exercising. The sooner you are treated the quicker you can resume the activities you enjoy.
Stress fractures are another thing I see a lot of. Just the other day I saw a 14 year old that had stubbed his toe and had what was called an open fracture. He was a 14 year old running varsity cross country and now he may be done for the season because he has a serious fracture. Luckily, his parents brought him in within a few days of the injury and hopefully he’ll heal quickly and will get back to running soon.
If you have any type of injury of the foot or ankle don’t put off getting treatment, call 701-255-3338 today to make an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic.