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Although young and resilient, children and teens are not immune to sports-related injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 2.6 million teens and children are treated each year in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries suffered while participating in sports activities.

Without taking the proper precautions, your child may be one of those harmed in one of these sports-related injuries:

  • Overuse injuries occur when muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons are subjected to repeated stress without healing time. Overuse or repetitive motion injuries can include stress fractures, tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the plantar fascia, which often results from jumping or running on inflexible surfaces.
  • Strains and sprains are very common sports-related injuries. A strain is an injured muscle or tendon, while an ankle sprain occurs at the joint where the ligament attaches.
  • When youth are still growing, they may experience growth plate injuries. The growth plate is a tissue area that appears at the end of longer bones such as the forearm, lower and upper leg, foot and hand and finger bones. Symptoms of growth plate injuries are similar to broken bones. A growth plate injury must be evaluated and treated by a foot doctor or orthopedic surgeon.
  • Heat-related illnesses like dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be very serious, especially for the young.

Use Common Sense to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

Many injuries can be prevented with careful preparation as well as parental involvement:

  • Meet all coaches and check that they are qualified in the sport, know how to use all equipment and have both CPR and first aid training.
  • Monitor your child's workouts and games to safeguard that they are not being stretched too far.
  • Always outfit your child in properly-fitting footwear that is not worn out and is appropriate to each activity. Invest in good protective gear.
  • Make sure there is plenty of water available before, during and after sports sessions to stay hydrated.
  • Your child should gradually build up endurance in the sport. Check for adequate warm up and cool down periods with safe, gentle stretching.

If your child or teen complains of any discomfort or pain, don't ignore it. Continued athletic activity can increase stress on an injury and make it worse. Contact Clark Podiatry Center for an appointment right away to have the pain evaluated and treated.

Many injuries can be treated at home with the R.I.C.E. method: Rest, Icing, use Compression and Elevate the leg. However, if your child has severe pain or if the foot or ankle is obviously broken, significantly swollen or appears dislocated, please go to an emergency room or come to our office right away.

Learn more in our blog Choose Children's Athletic Shoes Carefully.

We Treat All Types of Youth Foot and Ankle Injuries

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with teen and children foot and ankle injuries. You can reach us for an appointment in our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Please call us soon if you suspect a foot or ankle injury.

We got the World Cup!  How inspiring this is for our little girls and boys.  With the spirit of competition and an active lifestyle, more parents encourage organized sports to their children.  We see younger kids on the fields more than ever.  This is great, however, parents must be aware of this fact: children are more likely to experience broken bones than adults.

Injuries resulting in a sprain to an adult are more likely to be a broken foot or ankle to a child as their ligaments and tendons are relatively stronger than their bones.   Though a child's forefoot is flexible and resilient to injuries, having a fractured bone in the foot or in one of their toes can be very painful.

The repetitive forces that children’s feet endure during practice might result in one of the foot fractures called a stress fracture.  These tiny cracks in the surface of the bones, if left untreated, may eventually lead to bone fractures.  

Other causes of a broken foot are having something hard or heavy dropped on the foot causing the bone to crush, excessive kicking on a hard object or surface resulting in a broken toe, landing on the feet from falling and breaking a heel, and abrupt movement that might twist an ankle.  If there is no shift in bone alignment, it is considered a stable or non-displaced fracture.  If the bone ends do not line up, then it is considered to be a displaced fracture. A closed fracture is when the bones do not show through the skin, otherwise, it is called an open fracture.

Seeing a child in so much pain can be nerve-wracking to a parent.  Examine the injured foot to check for broken bones by removing the shoes and socks from both feet and then compare them to see how much swelling and bruising are evident in the injured foot.  Look for any open wounds or cuts that might expose a broken bone and seek immediate medical advice when this happens. 

Servicing Union County and the Westfield area, our Digital x-ray on facility at Clark Podiatry Center located in Clark, NJ can help accurately diagnose a broken bone. Make an online appointment or call 732-382-3470 to consult with our foot specialist.  Brandon Macy, DPM will evaluate and treat the injury as well as assess for long lasting, growth-related damage of the fracture and the possibility of early degenerative joint changes as a child’s foot has basic differences to that of an adult.

There are 26 bones in our feet, around a quarter of all the bones in our body.   Your budding athlete needs all of them to be healthy and strong!



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