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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 01, 2017

It’s about time for children and teenagers to be signing up for winter sports at their schools. They can choose from a variety of sports that are slotted during this time, such as winter soccer, basketball, wrestling, swimming, volleyball, ice hockey, and ice-skating. No, not all of them must take place in the winter, but many are indoor activities, so it’s an opportune time to engage in activities that do not require open air.

With each sport come different challenges to safety. Regarding foot and ankle safety in particular, we have some tips for children who sign up for each of these sports:

  • Winter soccer: For some, this means indoor soccer, but for other schools, it may mean playing soccer outside in the cold. With either sport, students should wear the appropriate socks and shoes (indoors: no cleats, outside: cleats) to have support and grip, wherever they are playing.
  • Basketball: As with soccer, shoes that are appropriate for the sport are important to lower risk of injury. Ankle injuries are common in sports involving running and lateral movements, so a proper fit, good ankle support, and non-skid outer rubber soles are essential for safety. Of note: Contrary to popular belief, high tops are not necessarily safer for preventing ankle injuries.
  • Wrestling: Most wrestling shoes are lightweight and flexible, but get ones that feel supportive to your ankles. Additionally, they should give you some tread or “stickiness” on the mats. Tie them securely and tuck in the laces so no one trips on them.
  • Swimming: Most swimmers do not wear footwear while swimming because it will likely cause drag. However, as soon as you step out of the pool and onto floors where people might be barefoot, we advise that you wear water shoes or non-skid flip flops. This will help prevent and reduce the spread of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, which love moist environments.
  • Volleyball: Purchase shoes that have gummy rubber soles for better traction and extra padding to absorb impact from running and jumping. This will prevent injuries and reduce risks of overuse injuries from impact.
  • Ice Hockey/Skating: The best protection for your feet is definitely in the size of your skates, as well as how well you maintain your blades (dull blades may cause you to trip up on ruts in the ice). Try on many different pairs to find the one that feels right. They will become a bit worn in after several uses, but can be tightened with laces. If they are too tight, they will cause a lot of pain. Also, remember to have a hard toe cup to protect from collision injuries.

Key tips for all sports, regardless of when they are played:

  • Whenever permitted and possible, please use all safety equipment available to you. For example: you may not think that you need to wear knee pads during basketball or wrestling, but in the case where you collide with other knees or fall, they will be protected. 


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