After an intense month of blood, sweat, tears, and indescribable passion, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally over, and France has been crowned the champions of the world. The FIFA World Cup is universally known as the world’s biggest sporting event and its effect can be seen everywhere. All month, kids everywhere flocked to their local fields to play soccer, crowds marched down the streets displaying their nation’s colors. Despite the conclusion of the World Cup, the soccer hype won’t be coming to an end anytime soon. With the school year quickly approaching, the high school soccer season is just beginning again so don’t expect kids to be headed back inside anytime soon.
Leading up to the season, it’s important that student athletes have all the equipment necessary to ensure their success on and off the field. An athlete’s equipment is pivotal to their ability to perform when the pressure is on. But is it possible that some of this equipment might actually be hurting athletes and keeping them off the field?
An incredibly large number of people in the United States and around the world are wearing the wrong size shoe. While this may seem harmless, wearing ill-fitting shoes can lead to both short-term and long-term problems down the line. This could result in painful foot problems such as ingrown toenails, corns, and collapsed arches.
However, the problems associated with wearing ill-fitting shoes are not limited to just your feet and ankles. The foot and ankle are part of what’s known as the kinetic chain, meaning that injuries to the foot and ankle can ultimately lead to other problems down the line involving your knees, hips, and spine. As a result, wearing ill-fitting shoes has been known to potentially cause knee, joint, and back pain.
In a sport as demanding as soccer, players perform numerous quick turns and often run multiple miles each game, but this can actually be harmful if they are not wearing the right footwear. With the season quickly approaching, make sure to check your athlete’s shoes to ensure that they are the right size and in adequate condition for the long season ahead. Here, at Frederick Foot & Ankle, we thoroughly evaluate our patients feet and shoe gear to ensure that our patients can keep on doing what they love!