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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.
Fall Sports Safety Tips
School has started and so has fall sports. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent injury
- Start the season off fresh with a new pair of shoes. Shoes wear down and new shoes can help prevent injury.
- Have a pre-season physical. Your doctor will be able to help make sure you are ready to play and give you tips on how to stay safe.
- The weather can be unpredictable in the fall so it is best to pay attention to the conditions around you. Wet grass and slippery fields can lead to injuries.
- If there is any pain, don’t play through it. It is best to have an injury checked out right away to help prevent any further damage.
- Warm up and cool down properly with stretches and light jogging.
- Play multiple positions and multiple sports to help avoid overuse injuries.
- Wear the right gear for the right sport and make sure it is the proper fit. This includes shoes. Different shoes are required for different sports.
- Watch for unsafe playing surfaces. Be careful to avoid divots, holes, and any debris.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
If your child is in sports and is injured it is best to see a doctor right away. Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS can help with your foot or ankle injury and will help get you or your child healed so they can get back to playing the sport they love. Contact Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to schedule an appointment at 701-255-3338.
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