Ankle injuries can happen to anyone, not just athletes. You can twist your ankle walking on an uneven surface or simply by not wearing proper footwear. If you’ve twisted, rolled, or sprained your ankle, you’re already aware of the first symptom: pain. Depending on the severity of the injury, you probably experienced some pain right away. Regardless of the type of injury, however, you can expect that it will impact your day-to-day functioning, but just how much? Here’s how you can be prepared so you can care for your injury, return to activity, and prevent future injuries.
The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. That’s 52 bones in your feet, which make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.
Since a quarter of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet, when a great deal of force, weight and pressure are placed on them, your chance of injury increases.
In fact, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) conducted a study that revealed 77 percent of Americans (18 and up) suffer from foot pain. Approximately 2 million people in the United States will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, one of the most common foot pains.
• About 83 percent of active adults, ages 25 to 65, will experience plantars.
• Ten percent of runners will suffer from it.
• Fourteen percent reported improved symptoms simply from changing their shoes.
April is Foot Health Awareness Month.
Our feet play an important role in the health and well-being of our bodies. Our feet help us walk, run, jump, climb and carry us about our day every single day. We often don’t pay much attention to our feet until they start hurting. By the time your foot or feet start hurting, you have already sustained an injury or another health problem. If your feet hurt all the time, every day, that is not normal. Your feet should not hurt. If you are feeling pain, it is time to see your doctor or podiatrist to make sure you do not have a more serious issue like plantar fasciitis, diabetes, flat foot, a stress fracture or another issue. Here are 10 tips to keep your feet healthy:
In a more recent study on concussions, JAMA Pediatrics found that out of the following sports for girls, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball and for boys, baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling, the rate of concussions was second highest in girls soccer and fifth highest in boys soccer. We know that concussions are frequent, yet the alarming thing is that it has been difficult for soccer leagues and organizations to adopt practices and rules to help reduce head injury. We need to look at options and solutions that can help protect soccer players at all levels of competition. There are three aspects we can explore: education, prevention, and reaction which is closely tied to education.