Now that school is back in session and the muggy Michigan summer has broken in favor of slightly cooler fall temperatures, many of us are gearing up for more sports activities—if we’re not in the thick of it already.
Student athletes are obviously included in this group, but so too are many of their “weekend warrior” parents!
If you’re about to start a sports season or just desperate to pack in as much running, tennis, or co-ed kickball before winter hits, we will certainly encourage you to get out there and enjoy yourself!
But we also want to remind you that rushing into new activities with a little too much gusto—and not enough proper precautions for your personal safety—can increase your risk of heel pain, not to mention more disastrous foot or ankle injuries.
If, however, you want to make sure your feet are as prepared for fun and activity as you are, you’d be wise to consider the following advice.
Take Pain and Injury Seriously
Hey, we get it. You love to play—enough that you might, at least for a while, attempt to shrug off mild to moderate heel pain or other chronic discomfort in order to stay in the game. “My old coach always told me to walk it off, right?”
We sympathize. But actually, if your feet are in pain—enough to cause significant distress or affect your performance, you really need to get it checked out.
Continuing to run and play with plantar fasciitis, a stress fracture, or other injury is just going to make the problem worse. You’ll be miserable now, even more miserable later, and ultimately wind up spending more time recovering and rehabbing than you otherwise would.
The good news is that the Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates have a ton of advanced non-surgical techniques that are exceptionally well suited to athletes and exercise enthusiasts of all ages, including MLS laser therapy. These methods are quick, easy, produce minimal-to-no side effects or risks, and can greatly accelerate the rate of soft tissue healing after an injury.
And of course, we’ll also thoroughly evaluate your feet to determine if there are any preventative options, such as custom orthotics, that could help you stop the next injury from even occurring in the first place. You might even find that your improved biomechanics allow you to train harder and play better, too!
So if foot pain is keeping you off the field, be sure to give our office in Commerce Township a call at (248) 360-3888, or contact us online. We love working with active folks, and nothing gives us greater joy than seeing our patients able to return to the things they love!