How can I best avoid a sports injury?

There’s no way to protect yourself 100% from a potential sports injury—unfortunately, the risk of getting hurt is a necessary consequence of living a healthy, active lifestyle. However, you can minimize your risk by making smart choices about …

  • ... your equipment. Shoes should fit well, be designed for your activity, provide plenty of support and cushioning, and be in good repair. Use orthotics or inserts if you need them. Invest in good protective gear for your sport.
  • … your intensity. Don’t go too hard, too fast if you’re starting up a new sport or just getting back into action after a long period on the sidelines. Know your own limits and start slowly, gradually increasing your intensity over time. Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
  • … your routine. Whether you’re a rookie or a pro, always take the time to warm up, stretch, and cool down. Mix high-impact and low-impact exercise that target different areas of your body on different days to avoid over-stressing any particular muscles or bones.

If your feet or ankles are aching, please call Dr. Keith McSpadden in Austin, TX for a consultation and treatment. Our staff is passionate about keeping you healthy and active at all stages of life. Request an appointment online, or call 512-593-2949.