Are You Feeling the March Madness?

It’s that time of year that all college basketball fans look forward to! The NCAA Tournament tipped off last week, and teams from across the country are vying to be the nation’s best. Although the hometown Houston Cougars didn’t make the field of 68, they did make the NIT Tournament. Because basketball is such a fast-paced sport involving jumping, cutting, running, planting, and turning, there are bound to be a few awkward landings or collisions that produce an injury. Whether you are playing in a school rec league or at the professional level, injuries can strike anyone.

The most common basketball injuries are sustained to the ankles and feet. For example, if you go up for a rebound and come down on another player, you might sprain your ankle. In addition, because you are frequently starting and stopping, you might feel heel pain or Achilles tendinitis.

The first step in injury prevention is a proper warm-up. This might involve a short run and a few minutes of stretching your legs, feet, and ankles. Wearing proper footwear is also a crucial aspect of injury prevention. Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you go shopping:

· Look for sneakers with a higher ankle for additional support

· Make sure your shoes are stable around the heel, but roomy around the toes

·The more breathable the material, the less likely you will be to suffer from athlete’s foot or fungal toenails

·Extra cushion, shock absorption, and traction are always a plus

·Although the NBA’s best players make a lot of stylish, attractive shoes, always look for comfort and stability first

Whenever you workout or exercise vigorously, it is normal to feel sore or stiff afterwards. However, if you feel a sharp pain or one that does not go away for a while and impedes your ability to walk, it might be time to see the doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston. With six offices in the Houston, Texas area, they can mend all of your foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, hammertoe, or bunions. Whether you are looking for a surgical or non-surgical solution, they can help! Call us at (281) 444-4114 or contact us to request an appointment!