A How-To on Identifying Soccer Injuries

by Craig Middleton 9 months ago in how to

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A How-To on Identifying Soccer Injuries

If you love to play soccer, then you know it comes with injuries. At some point, you’ve probably felt a shooting toe pain and wondered what it was. Read further to identify this nagging pain, along with many other possible injuries, as well as helpful tips on how to treat them.

Turf Toe

First and foremost, let’s discuss that terrible shooting pain you have felt in your toe. This may be the injury commonly known as turf toe, and it comes from jamming your big toe repeatedly. In soccer, this is not uncommon, because you are continually making contact with the ball and running up and down the field. The sprained ligaments around the big toe joints cause swelling, creating a very uncomfortable and painful situation.

If you have recently played a game of soccer and find that your toe is swollen and your toe has limited movement, then it is time to ice your big toe. It is necessary to elevate your foot as well. Then it is important to alter your footwear and choose carefully which fields you play soccer on. It may also be necessary to change your game habits to ensure you are running properly, kicking the ball correctly, and paying attention on the field.

Ankle Sprain

There is also a chance that you can sprain your ankle while playing soccer. Considering that this is the most common injury in soccer, there is a possibility you already have endured this pain. The best treatment for this is to rest, apply ice, compress, and elevate your ankle. It may be necessary to use crutches or wear a compression boot, however, this is only prescribed in severe cases.

Preventing Injury

With the possibility of so many injuries to your feet, it is definitely a must to wear the proper foot attire. You can help reduce your chances of injury if you wear the proper gear and always stay on your toes. If you continually wear the wrong cleats, misstep, or twist the wrong way, you are taking the chance of getting a blister to slow you down on the field, a metatarsal fracture, or even a subungual hematoma.

Make sure you stretch daily, especially before and after your games. When you sustain an injury on the soccer field, make sure you ice the area immediately. It is also necessary to elevate the injured area in most situations. If you find that you are not getting better within the first day or two, then it is time to visit a reputable trainer or podiatrist. You can always get a referral from a family doctor if you do not know of a good one in your area.

Just remember to watch your step. With all of the twisting, running, jumping, and landing you do on the field, this is a must. Soccer is a sport that requires endurance, speed, and caution, although, when you are on the field with so many other players, it is impossible to know who you will collide with, trip over, or land on.

Considering that injuries are common in soccer, the possibility for injury is always present. As long as you stretch and wear the proper gear, you are decreasing your chances of sitting out the next game due to painful injury. Remember to play respectfully, and look out for all of the players on the field. Any of these injuries can easily stop you from playing the game you love. As long as you are careful on the field and wear the proper footing and shin guards, you can bet you will enjoy the game for a long time to come.

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