Michigan podiatrist shares tips to protect kids feet during summer sports

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The warm weather is here and the kids are out of school, and that means they'll probably be outside playing sports.

The podiatrists of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) say that no matter what their sport, whether they play competitively or just for fun, they will have on important thing in common: they'll need their feet to be pain-free if they're going to play their best and prevent injuries.

"Parents need to be aware that sports, which require a substantial amount of running, turning, and contact, can translate to injuries. Protecting children's feet from injuries, and bringing them to a podiatrist when problems occur, can help keep kids stay in the game and make the sport more enjoyable," Dr. Jodie Sengstock, MPMA director of professional relations, said.

The MPMA has offered some tips to help protect children's feet while playing warm-weather sports.

1. Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to help prevent sprains or fractures.

2. Buying a shoe designed for the specific sport not only improves a child's performance in the sport, but it can also help protect him or her from serious foot and ankle injuries.

3. Do not assume that last year's shoe will fit properly. Previously worn shoes should also be checked for wear that may impede their effectiveness.

4. Without the right sock, even the best athletic shoe won't score points-on the field or off. Athletic socks should consist of a natural/synthetic blend, which is best at wicking away moisture and minimizing foot odor. Socks should not have large seams that might cause blisters or irritation.

If a child participates in strenuous sports, his or her foot health should be monitored closely. If a problem is suspected, take the child to an MPMA podiatrist for evaluation and treatment.

To find an MPMA podiatrist nearby visit here.

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