3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe From Summer Sports Injuries

Tennis is just one of many summer sports that could leave your child with a foot or ankle injuryWith summer vacation under way, kids will be heading to camp, where they can expect to play high-injury-risk sports like tennis, basketball, soccer and track. Common injuries associated with these sports include: sprains, heel pain, shin splints, tendinitis, blisters, corns and calluses.

Want to keep your child’s summer (and feet) injury-free? Here are three suggestions from the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) on how to keep summer foot and ankle injuries at bay:

1.  Protective taping of the ankles can go a long way toward preventing sprains or fractures.

2. Buying a shoe designed for the specific sport your child is playing will improve his or her performance while adding more guided protection from sport-specific foot and ankle injuries.

3. Choosing the right sock can make a world of difference. Athletic socks should consist of a natural/synthetic blend of materials designed to wick away moisture (and foot fungus like Athlete’s foot) and minimize foot odor. Avoid socks with large seams or low heights that might allow for blisters or irritation.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.