As America cheers for Carli Lloyd, who scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes of the World Cup final for a 5-2 win over Japan, girl soccer players can once again dream big. Although it's been 16 years since the last win for the US Women's Soccer Team, girls have been playing soccer in ever greater numbers since that time. Now there are over 6 million girls in the US who play soccer.
Although soccer is a wonderful way for girls to get exercise, learn to work as a team, and improve their self-esteem, it's also a sport that has a high rate of foot and ankle injuries.
What are we talking about?
- Sever's Disease (back of heel pain) - if your girl soccer player starts to complain of pain in the back of her heel, it's time to call time out. Youth between 8 and 15 still have still have open growth plates on the back of their heels which can become inflamed from trauma. Rest, ice, and immobilization can help ease the pain and stop the inflammation.
- Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis - these overuse injuries which cause inflammation of the tissue that runs from the heel to the toes are also common in girl soccer players. Rest is essential but so is reduction of inflammation using anti-inflammatory medication, stretching, and correction of faulty foot mechanics to prevent these injuries in the first place.
- Ankle Sprains - any sport that includes twists or any off balance activity is bound to lead to ankle sprains. Don't just palm this off as a mild injury that doesn't need follow-up. If your kid is still feeling pain after day one, contact your local Seattle podiatrist to ensure that the ankle isn't fractured and tendons haven't torn.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.