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.

Don’t Trust the Internet to Fix Your Running Injuries

Technology has impacted all areas of our lives. It has not only changed our social interactions – but it’s also altered how we access and view healthcare. Google’s doctors are available to anyone at any time to diagnose health conditions and offer treatment advice. Today, our podiatrist Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists discusses why you shouldn’t rely on the internet to treat your sports injuries.

Seek a Professional

The internet can be a valuable source of information. It’s important to understand what issues you can treat yourself and what necessitates a visit to your doctor.

A podiatrist who regularly treats athletes has the skill and first-hand knowledge to diagnose injuries more precisely, speed up healing and prevent the injuries from reoccurring. These doctors can prescribe a series of diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and blood work to identify underlying problems.

Running Injuries

Swelling and pain in the lower leg can be tendinitis caused by overuse or shoes that don’t fit properly. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the leg can travel into the brain and lungs and be fatal if it remains untreated. Runners are particularly vulnerable to DVT’s following a race due to trauma, dehydration, and inactivity.

Pain in the front of the foot may be the result of nerve irritation or neuroma, but it could also be caused by a stress fracture or tendinitis that can be identified with an x-ray.

Female distance runners face more risk after the age of 35, especially if they over-train and don’t rest enough between races. Nerve pain in the foot may also look like neuropathy and an early sign of diabetes.

Many patients assume that heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, but the pain could be caused by nerve irritation, a bone cyst or stress fracture. Often it is the neighboring posterior tendon that is the culprit and requires a different treatment approach. Arthritic disorders such as gout can also cause heel pain.

In Closing

The internet should not be used as a substitute for an in-person assessment by your podiatrist. Rather than spending time reading medical advice on the internet.

If you have unresolved problems in your lower extremity, use your smartphone or computer to make an appointment, not to look for treatment advice. Call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 or schedule your appointment online.