Basketball season is almost here! Are your feet ready? Protect your feet and avoid common basketball injuries by following these five tips from Dr. Laura J. Pickard, your trusted podiatrist at Norridge Foot Clinic.
1. Wear the Proper Shoes
Before you hit the court, make sure you are wearing the proper footwear. Skip your old ratty tennis shoes and invest in a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes that fit just right instead. Look for shoes that have a roomy toe box but that aren't so big they slip and slide around.
2. Invest in Good Socks
Your shoes aren't the only important gear your feet need. A good pair of socks is essential for keeping your feet free from blisters, callouses and athlete's foot. Choose a pair that fits correctly, that doesn't ball up, and that offers extra cushion and support.
3. Keep Your Nails Trimmed
You may not give your toenails much thought when you're out shooting hoops, but you should. Toenails that are too long can cut your other toes, causing you pain and leaving you at risk for infection. They could even become damaged, turn black or fall off after too much trauma in a pair of shoes that doesn't fit correctly.
4. Keep the Court Clear
Chances are, you don't have a lot of time to look down as you are running up and down the court. This is why it is essential that you and your teammates keep the court clear of any obstacles, such as water bottles, jerseys, keys or extra basketballs. Otherwise, you could trip and sprain or break your ankle, which would require a trip to see a podiatrist at Norridge Foot Clinic and some time off the court.
5. Exercise Regularly
No matter how much you love basketball, it isn't wise to simply rush out onto the court for a strenuous game without taking the time to do additional exercises as well. Making exercise a priority in general--not just on the court--will help strengthen your muscles and keep you in shape to help you avoid overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis.
For more information on keeping your feet safe during basketball season or for treatment of a current or suspected foot or ankle injury, call your podiatrist, Dr. Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic, today. Dr. Pickard will help you get the treatment and information you need to get you back out on the court as soon as possible.