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By Dr. Rion Berg
June 12, 2014
Category: sports injuries

Hello soccer fans! I’m sure you’ll have your nose close to your TV tonight as you watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 opening ceremony. The whole world will be watching as Brazil faces off against Croatia at the Itaquera stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Although knee injuries are certainly common and have plagued several top ranked world cup players, these soccer players are also at risk for foot injuries, particularly those involving the toes. My job as your Seattle podiatrist is to make sure that if you or your young soccer player sustains a toe injury that we can get you healed and back to playing as soon as possible.

One of the more common injuries in soccer and regular American football is a condition call turf toe. Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint that occurs when the toe jams into something or when players push off frequently during running or jumping. Players in the world cup will be most at risk for this injury because they’ll be playing on artificial turf which is where the term “turf toe” got its name.

Signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, and limited joint movement. When turf toe is caused by repetitive action, symptoms begin slowly and get worse over time. When a direct injury causes damage to the bone then symptoms can accelerate within 24 hours. Soccers players with flat feet are also at greater risk for developing this condition. Rest, icing, elevation, and taping to compress the toe and reduce movement are all immediate actions you can take on your own.

For complete diagnosis, patients will need an X-ray to determine how bad the injury is and whether further attention is needed.

To prevent this condition from reoccurring, avoid playing on artificial turf and if you have flat feet you will need to be assessed to determine if this foot type is exacerbating your risk of injury.

If you or a loved one has sustained this type of injury, you can contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or reach us at www.bergdpm.com.

Fortunately for the Seahawks and Seahawk fans, K.J. Wright has a chance to play on Sunday against the 49ers according to head coach Pete Carroll. Wright missed the last four games after breaking his right foot against our current rivals. As you watch the game this Sunday with your family you may be thinking about how to prevent sports injuries in your own kids.

Soccer is one of the most popular youth sports in Seattle. Some of the more common injuries in soccer are sprains and broken ankles. Soccer involves a lot of turning, twisting, and sudden movements. These can put a player off balance and set them up for injury.

Preventing Sprains and Ankle Injuries in Sports

  • Check your kid’s shoes to make sure they aren’t wearing down in ways that could set them up for an injury.
  • Encourage stretching and warm ups before play. Calf stretches and light jogging will get blood circulating and warm up ligaments.
  • Make sure that the surface they are playing on is even. Dips and holes in the field are a set up for injuries.
  • Taping and use of ankle braces can be very helpful in preventing injuries.

What Do To When An Injury Occurs

  • Ankle injuries should be treated immediately using immobilization and therapy. The purpose is to restore strength and balance for the most complete recovery.
  • Ankle sprains are often more than just a sprain and can include cartilage injuries or broken bones without your child knowing it. Early assessment and treatment of a sprain will help get your kid back into the action.
  • Ankle fractures are more serious and require immediate attention.
  • Turf toe is another common soccer injury. It occurs when the big toe is overextended during play which creates a jamming of the joint and severe chronic pain. Oral anti-inflammatory medications and taping are the first line in treating this injury. Depending on other factors more aggressive treatment may be needed.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City to see one of our Seattle podiatrists if your child sustains a sports injury. To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000.