Sports Podiatry preventing basketball injuries to the foot and ankle.
How does basketball cause foot and ankle injuries and how can your Podiatrist help.
Basketball is one of the most common sports played in Melbourne, however the intensity of the sport can often lead to injuries rarely seen outside of basketball. Your local Podiatrist at the foot clinic Point Cook can help you return to playing basketball at full pace after a foot or ankle injury as soon as possible.
The most commonly injured area seen at The Foot Clinic Point Cook is ankle sprains and knee pains. Ankle sprains are common and usually happen after landing on an object such as someone else’s foot or the ball, or by changing direction at the wrong time. Knee injuries include both runners and jumpers knee which is explained further
Treating the acute injury including the application of the RICER principle (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate and Repeat) immediately after the incident and potentially offloading any pressures and movement. Podiatrists can help out here with the prescription of CAM boot’s.
Rehab, rehab rehab! Rehabilitation is an important part of treatment and injury prevention. Getting back to sport quickly is important however it is not useful if an injury is not strong enough to deal with the force that you put through it. This may mean exercises for strengthening, warmups before games and taping techniques that may help to get you through until your tissue is back to 100%.
Correcting biomechanical abnormalities. Biomechanical abnormalities is anything that your foot or ankle does that makes it easier to get an injury or prevent an injury from healing. For example if your foot is very supinated (high arched) you may find yourself more likely to sprain or strain your ankle and you may get pain associated with this injury for longer than someone with a normal foot type.
Choosing the right shoes for you is important and difficult with shoe’s being promoted as beneficial can often be the wrong shoe for your foot. Important features of a shoe for someone with an ankle sprain may be entirely different to someone who has an old achilles problem. Your Podiatrist can help with either specific shoe advice or give you guidance on features that would help with your foot type.
Christopher Wevling, Nathan Pring and Ashley Wevling