At the Associated Foot Clinic in Edmonton, we know that while sports and recreational physical activity are an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle for growing children, injuries due to overuse must be taken seriously. The constant daily practice and activity that comes with recreation sports frequently place excessive stress on developing feet, specifically on the bones, tendons and ligaments. The simplest way to ensure further injury is to not allow children to play sports or engage in physical activity while they experience pain in their feet and ankles.
Overuse can result in several conditions, including:
Achilles tendonitis An inflammation of the long tendon that connects the heel bone and the calf muscle.
Calcaneal apophysitis Inflammation of the growth plate in the heel.
Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of the band of tissue found on the bottom of the foot from to the toes to the heel.
Stress fractures: Hairline breaks in the foot and ankle bones from repetitive pounding.
Tendo-Achilles bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sac found between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone.
Make sure that you are wearing the right type and size of shoe. Specific types of shoes are better suited for certain types of sports and physical activity.
Avoid giving children second-hand shoes, which often have completely worn down supports. Buy proper athletic footwear that does not bend in the middle, indicating proper construction.
Make sure that your child does not wear cleated footwear away from the playing field, as they put a great deal of pressure on the soles of the feet.
Make sure your child is not being pushed beyond their physical ability and stamina levels.
A proper diet provides both energy and helps to avoid excess pounds that apply excessive pressure on the feet.