Serena Williams is looking mighty good to win the French Open to defend her title. But that wasn't the case the other day when she sustained a foot injury while playing a doubles match with her sister Venus. She had to take a medical time out early in her second set. Fortunately her athletic trainer taped her injury and together the women won the game, 6-2, 6-2.
Most injuries caused by playing tennis and other quick action sports will need more than just taping. Quick stops and starts and playing on hard courts can lead to tendon injuries and fractures. And athletes who ramp up their training quickly or train excessively are at risk for overuse injuries including.
To avoid injuries it's important to build overall body stretch and to stretch your calf muscles. Tight calf muscles can be one of the factors in developing heel pain and Achilles tendonitis, so doing it right is important. Dynamic Warm-ups recommended for runners and other athletes can be very helpful.
Wearing the right shoes for the sport you play is also essential. Athletic shoes are created to support you in the ways you move your body when you play that particular sport.
Post-menopausal women need to be especially careful when it comes to preventing stress fractures. Check your bone density to be sure it is normal; if not, work with your physician to ensure you're eating a diet that is rich in calcium and that you're taking the necessary supplementation such as Vitamin D. You also may need to add some weight lifting to your routine to build up your bones.
If you're experiencing pain in your feet and you're concerned you might miss out this summer's tennis season call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.