Athletic Foot Care

sports injuriesAthletes demand high performance from their feet. Dr. Ripepi works with our athletes to keep them as active as they want to be without foot pain and performance limiting injuries. When injuries do occur Dr. Ripepi works to decrease the recovery time in order to get our athletes back in the game as soon as possible.

Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and athlete’s foot. Your running style, poor footwear and even minor limb length differences can also contribute to injury.

Tips for Athletic Foot Care:

  1. Wash your feet every day, and dry thoroughly.
  2. Wear only good-quality, well-fitting cotton socks.
  3. Always use the correct shoe for each sport and surface.
  4. Get in shape. Being overweight or out of shape places added stress on the feet. Condition yourself gradually with stretching exercises for 15-20 minutes before starting and after any activity (warm-up and warm-down).
  5. Wear correct shoes. Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sport shoes should protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface. If running, the shoe should have adequate cushioning in the mid-sole and a flared heel for stability.