The winter is finally over (mostly…although I may have just jinxed us. Apologies loyal readers). Spring sports are in full swing (no pun intended baseball players) and unfortunately, with them come many preventable injuries. The most common that we see are tendonitis, growth plate conditions, and bursitis. The occasional bumps and bruises will generally heal quickly, but lingering problems that won’t get better or become worse can sideline a player or end their season.
When I evaluate a patient in the office, the first questions I ask are what type of activities are they participating in, what terrain are they playing on, and what shoe gear is required. Usually a combination of these three allows me to properly diagnose the cause of the foot and ankle pain. In my experience, the majority of cleats, spikes and sneakers worn are unsupportive and ill suited to properly handle the high demands of the athlete using them. The best way to support the lower extremities is with a custom orthotic device that is worn in the shoes. With a custom device, the foot and ankle are realigned into the most appropriate anatomical position and will allow an athlete to perform to their highest capability. The sooner we can get you casted and fitted, the sooner you will be out there pounding the pavement, hitting home runs and aces and scoring goals!