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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Protect Children’s Feet During Fall Sports Season | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Protect Children’s Feet During Fall Sports Season
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Protect Children’s Feet During Fall Sports Season | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Ah fall—crisp air, cooler days and the start of football, soccer, cross country and other school sports. While children and teens may look forward to a new season of play, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care see a marked increase in ankle and foot injuries at this time of year. Parents can help reduce the risks, however. Here’s how:

Proper Prep—before your child sets foot on a field or track there are steps you can take to ensure a safer start:

  • Get your child up and moving, especially if they’ve had a relatively sedentary summer. Many injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis, occur because children go from being inactive to being highly active in a very short time. Lack of conditioning is a major cause of injuries at the start of the sports season.
  • Get the right shoes. If your child is serious about a sport and will be attending multiple practices and games each week, he or she needs to have shoes designed for the particular sport that they will be playing. Different sports require different foot movements and good quality sports shoes are designed with this in mind. Take your child to a store that specializes in sports footwear and have their feet professionally measured. Never use hand me down sports shoes as the shape and movement of the owner’s feet imprints in the shoe and can cause ankle sprains or falls in a new owner.

 

Good Game Sense—be sure that your child’s coach and team have a sound training program. This includes:

  • Always warming up and stretching before and after play.
  • Not following practice routines that push young athletes too far or too fast. Workouts should also be varied to avoid overuse injuries due to repetitive motion and stress on the same bones, muscles or ligaments.
  • Playing on fields that are well maintained. Fields with divots and bare patches are just inviting sprains and strains. If you see maintenance issues with the playing surface your child is on, speak to the athletic director or other appropriate school or town officials.

 

Prompt Injury Response—finally, know what to do in case of injury:

  • Never encourage a child to “play through the pain.”
  •  If there is an injury or even suspected injury, contact our Aberdeen office at: 732-566-2841 so one of our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel can examine your child’s foot and start treatment immediately.
  • Employ the RICE regimen: rest, ice, compression, elevation, until you can get to the foot doctor.
 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Protect Children’s Feet During Fall Sports Season, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen