Foot & Ankle Sports Injuries
Improper biomechanics is perhaps the most common cause of sports injuries of the foot and ankle and may be avoided with proper preparation and corrective measures. A good start is with a thorough examination by your Podiatrist. A typical examination to understand the position and motion of the foot can include the following: A seated evaluation which includes forefoot to rearfoot alignment checks and leg length. A standing evaluation will focus on the position of the feet from the front and back, leg alignment, leg length, and overall posture. Lower extremity range of motion and muscle strength tests will address the hip, hamstring, quad, and ankle. A front, back, and side gait analysis, will focus on pronation (or lack of), leg swing, arm swing, shoulder tilt, head tilt, knee position and great toe motion. Shoe and orthotic evaluations will uncover wear patterns in different shoe types. And finally additional tests may also include X-rays and/or musculoskeletal ultrasound. Utilize your podiatrist’s unique perspective and qualifications to help add lower extremity flexibility and strength, to provide recommendations for proper equipment, and to help you limit the severity and speed the recovery of an injury resulting from a trauma.