Podiatrists suggest proper shoes, warm-up routine can prevent most common foot and ankle problems
SUNDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- Spring beckons us outside for fun and exercise and that tends to lead to more calls to doctors about foot injuries, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
"With warm weather approaching, many athletes are busy gearing up for another competitive season in their sport. Unfortunately, training in improper footwear and neglecting to stretch properly before and after activity greatly increases serious occurrences of foot and ankle injury," Ross Taubman, APMA president, said in a news release issued by his organization.
The most common way to deal with minor muscle strains or sprains is the RICE method of rest, ice, compression and elevation; however, if the injury fails to improve over a few days, one should visit a doctor, according to the association.
According to the APMA, these are the four most common springtime sporting injuries to the foot and their treatments:
The American Podiatric Medical Association has more about foot injuries.
-- Kevin McKeever
SOURCE: American Podiatric Medical Association, news release, March 18, 2009
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