Complete Lower Extremity Healthcare

140 Traders Way
Pooler, GA   31322

(912) 330 - 8885



By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: soccer injuries  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC fall brings an increase in the number of young patients we see with soccer injuries. It’s a sport that can be tough on feet and ankles. Ankle sprains and strains, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, Sever’s Disease, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and Lisfranc injuries are among the more common problems that occur more frequently in soccer players. As a contact sport, many injuries are sudden and unpredictable. However, there are a number of ways you can decrease the likelihood of injury and protect your young soccer player’s toes, feet and ankles:

  1. Start with a Check Up—If your child is a serious soccer player and particularly if they have sustained a foot or ankle injury in the past or a chronic foot condition, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard Talarico, before hitting the field. The foot doctor can offer recommendations on how to protect a previously injured area. He may also have suggestions about footwear for your child based on his or her gait and the rest of the foot examination.

  2. Proper Conditioning—Most sports and fitness injuries occur because a player who is not in shape does too much too quickly and pulls, sprains or tears muscles, tendons or ligaments that have been out of use for a while. Start conditioning a few weeks before practice at least. Be sure the program your child is participating in follows sound training principles without overdoing it and including warm up and cool down stretches and exercises.

  3. The Right Gear—Padding and shin guards can certainly offer protection from injury but the most important piece of equipment for your feet is your shoes. Be sure your child has shoes specifically designed for soccer that fit properly (avoid hand me downs as shoes tend to mold to their owner and may have areas of wear that can affect safety). Know the type of field your child will be playing on and let the shoe professional where you are buying the soccer shoes know if it is grass or artificial turf.

  4. Good Playing Conditions—Check out the field where your child’s team practices and plays. There should be no holes or bare spots (the perfect place for an ankle sprain!) and the goal posts should be padded and secure.

If you have other questions or concerns about preventing sports injuries, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330–8885.



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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885