baseball player hitting a ballWhile most baseball managers worry about their baseball players getting injured on the field, lately Mariners Manager Scott Servais must be wondering how he can help his players be more careful off the field.

Two important players Nelson Cruz (designated hitter) and Ryon Healy (first baseman) sprained their ankles while doing some pretty, mundane stuff.

After hitting a homer, Nelson Cruz slipped off the last step from the dugout into the locker room incurring a high ankle sprain. Ryon Healy ended up in a walking boot with crutches after rolling his ankle in the workout room.

So often we assume that injuries come from sports activities when the truth is that most of us injure ourselves at home, twisting an ankle coming off of a step, or by tripping on an uneven sidewalk.

Here are some guidelines to keep yourself injury-free:

Keep Your Home Free of Clutter, In Good Repair, and Slip Resistant

Many accidents happen at home due to clutter on the floor and disrepair. Ensure there is a clear path for walking throughout the house and particularly on the stairs. Repair broken outdoor steps and install automatic lights. In addition, keep kitchen floors dry by cleaning up spills right away and add a non-slip rubber mat to the shower or bath.

Wear the Right Shoes for the Activity

Would you ever dream about wearing flip flops while running? Of course not. Unfortunately, many of us wear shoes best left at home instead of choosing the proper shoe for the activity we’re doing. For example, instead of wearing a supportive pair of walking shoes for a three mile walk, we leave the house in shoes that can be easily folded in half.

Wear running shoes for running, walking shoes for walking, basketball shoes for basketball and so on. Wearing shoes not intended for our sport or activity puts us at risk for ankle sprains and other foot injuries.

A general guideline when shopping for a supportive shoe is to find one that does not easily twist, folds only at the ball of the foot, and has a strong heel counter. Follow these guidelines on our video How To Test Any Shoe for Stability.

Keep Your Eyes on The Road

And that goes for sidewalks too. Too many of us are engaged with our phones when we’re walking and this limits how much attention we can pay to what we’re walking on.

Many sidewalks in Seattle have tree roots pushing through them, are in disrepair, or have other obstacles in the way. These hazards are a sprained ankle waiting to hazard.

Check Your Kid’s Playfields

Your kid may be wearing proper shoes for their sport but their playfield may be littered with divots and other obstacles. Do a clean sweep of their field ahead of game time to prevent it from becoming a problem.

Keep Your Ankles Strong

Strong ankles are less likely to roll and get sprained. If you know you have weak ankles, ask your physician to refer you to a physical therapist or seek out a trainer you trust.

If you do sprain an ankle apply the RICE technique as soon as possible to reduce swelling (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate). Visit your Seattle podiatrist to get your ankle evaluated.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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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.

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