Getting your kids involved in sports is a great way to promote healthy living and establish a love for physical activity. The opportunities today are seemingly endless - basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, cheerleading…and the list goes on. But as sports become competitive at younger ages and children start pushing themselves to win, injuries are becoming more common.
Children are more likely to be injured than older athletes, especially elementary school-aged kids, because their bones and bodies are still growing. They're also less experienced and less coordinated, which can lead to trips and falls.
To decrease the chance of your child's feet or ankles being injured, it's important to make sure they have proper footwear. This isn't an area where you want to scrimp - cleats from Wal-Mart might be cheap, but they probably won't provide the support that your child's growing feet need. We recommend purchasing athletic footwear from a store that specializes in that area and the staff is trained to properly fit children's shoes.
Make sure your child takes stretching seriously and understands the proper stretches for their sport of choice. If their coach does not focus on stretches, check online for stretching recommendations and work with your child before practice or games to get their stretches in.
If you need to take them to the emergency room for immediate treatment, call us for a follow-up appointment the next day. We can make sure your child heals properly to avoid future problems.