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A person should seek professional help for sports injury when:
Misalignments of the foot and ankle are common and can decrease athletic performance, as well as, lead to injury. If your sport involves standing on your feet – which is almost everything from soccer to softball – a sports medicine exam with top-rated podiatrist Dr. Ari Rubinstein can improve performance and prevent debilitating foot and ankle problems. Most foot and ankle conditions develop over time due to wear and tear. A foot that moves improperly may not initially be problematic, but can eventually cause a multitude of issues, such as achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, ankle instability, ankle sprains, and shin splints.
Custom-made orthotic inserts are essential for the serious athlete. They can remedy hyperpronation and under-pronation so the foot properly absorbs shock and maintains proper alignment. In addition, the benefits of properly aligned feet and ankles carry over to the legs, hips, and spine.
Gait analysis helps to identify abnormalities in the way you walk and run. Dr. Rubinstein will observe you walking on a treadmill. In doing so, he can detect any biomechanical issues that could lead to overuse injuries. Based on his observation, Dr. Rubinstein diagnosis these issues and prescribes the best footwear and appropriate exercises.
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Absolutely. Choosing the right athletic shoes for your individual foot and sport can both improve performance and prevent injury. Everyone’s foot is shaped differently, which is why a personalized and professional recommendation is so important.
In addition, the sport played obviously influences shoe type, as well. For example, sports played on a court, such as basketball, tennis or volleyball, entail quick forward, backward, and sideways movement. Therefore, these require shoes that have strong soles that grip the floor. Runners, on the other hand, need shoes that are light and provide extra cushioning and traction.
Athletes who want and need to get back active quickly and patients who have experienced a severe or repeated injury that does not heal following other treatments can often be helped with surgery.
A stress fracture, for example, in an athlete’s ankle or foot may not be able to heal for a year or more. A surgical technique can be used to compress the bone and can be combined with therapies like bone grafting and bone marrow aspiration to stimulate healing and unite the fractured bones more quickly.
Surgical treatments often offer more effective deformity correction, a decreased likelihood of relapse, and a quicker road to recovery. If you’d like to find out if a surgical solution is the best option for getting you back in the game, book an appointment at Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle today!