Protect Your Children from Sports Injuries With These 3 Top Tips

As parents, we always want to protect our children, so when it comes to them taking part in sports, it can be challenging to just sit by and not concentrate on the possible problems that could happen. Luckily you don’t have to spend the season worrying or covering your eyes whenever your child is put into the game!

Relax and enjoy the game with these tips from Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists 
  1. Put them in the proper gear. Ensure that they have all the protective equipment they need for the sport, including the proper shoes. Inspect the gear on a regular basis to make sure that it fits properly and is in good condition. And make sure your child is wearing their equipment the right way.
  2. Motivate them to practice. Practicing the required skills and working on proper form is vital to staying safe in sports. Properly warming up and stretching prior to any activity and progressively building up one’s fitness level can also help to avoid injuries in younger athletes.
  3. Monitor and prepare for the weather. Ensure that your child is prepared for the weather conditions to avoid overheating or tightened muscles in the colder temperatures. Layers are recommended so children can remove or put on what they need. It’s also a great idea to keep gloves, hats and extra clothes and socks in your child’s game bag – and don’t forget the water!

While it might be less stressful for you if your children stuck to non-impact sports like competitive reading or chess, our kids do tend to love sports. And let’s face it, parents enjoy watching their kids participate, even if an injury is a possibility.

Hopefully, by following these tips to protect your young athlete, you can watch with a little less concern! Of course, nothing is foolproof, so if your child is injured, get in touch with Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online so your child can get back in the game.

The Top 5 Worst Foot Habits

Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is passionate about sharing preventative healthcare tips to help patients decrease the likelihood of foot and ankle conditions. Today, he’s sharing information regarding the five worst foot habits that can affect your foot health.

Bad Habit #1: Wearing Shoes Without Socks

Doing this can turn your feet – and even your shoes – into a breeding ground for fungus. Fungal foot infections flourish in dark, moist areas, and without the protection of socks, you could be triggering fungal foot infections. Even after your fungal infection has been treated, the fungus can still remain in your shoes. So wear socks – your feet will thank you for it.

Bad Habit #2: Wearing Flip-Flops and Heels on a Regular Basis

While wearing heels for a special event won’t hurt your feet, wearing them regularly can instigate a number of foot problems. Heels that have higher heels can damage the arches of the foot and will often cause a bunion to form, which in some cases may require surgery. Save the flip-flops for the beach and the locker room shower. They provide no support and raise the risk of heel spurs, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains.

Bad Habit #3: Not Replacing Running Shoes

Holding onto your favorite running shoes for too long can lead to diminished arch support during exercise, thereby elevating the odds of suffering ankle, knee and foot injuries. Many podiatrists recommend replacing your running shoes every four months or 300 miles, depending on how often you run. While this might sound expensive, it’s much more affordable than surgery.

Bad Habit #4: Not Resting Your Feet

Staying on your feet for lengthy periods can increase the risk of ankle, foot, knee, and lower back problems. In every aspect of life, it’s important to give yourself time to recover, and this is especially true for your feet. Your feet absorb a lot of the impact of everyday life, so by relieving some of the stress on your feet, you’re alleviating it across your entire spine.

Bad Habit #5: Running in Bare Feet

People who run barefoot or with barefoot running shoes should perform strength training on their feet to ensure that they are ready for the change in running style and posture. If you’ve spent years running in supportive shoes, have a history of ankle injuries, or have weak or flat arches, changing your running style suddenly could put you at a higher risk for a running injury, or worsen your current weaknesses.

If you want to learn more ways to keep your feet healthy – or are experiencing any problems with your feet or ankles – call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.