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Kids playing soccerIt’s back-to-school sports season, and there’s no better time to brush up on these 5 safety tips to protect them from serious ankle injuries.

Every fall, Orange County foot and ankle surgeon Jonathan Bennett, DPM, notices an increase in ankle injuries among young athletes. Football, soccer and basketball are the sports most likely to lead to sprains, broken bones and other problems, he says. Bennett has offices in Fullerton and Tustin.

Bennett's top recommendation is for parents are to get ankle injuries treated right away.

"What seems like a sprain is not always a sprain; in addition to cartilage injuries, your son or daughter might have injured other bones in the foot without knowing it. Have a qualified doctor examine the injury," says Bennett. "The sooner rehabilitation starts, the sooner we can prevent long-term problems like instability or arthritis, and the sooner your child can get back into competition."

Bennett says parents should also follow these additional tips from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons' Web site, FootHealthFacts.org: 

  1. Have old sprains checked by a doctor before the season starts. A medical check-up can reveal whether your child's previously injured ankle might be vulnerable to sprains, and could possibly benefit from wearing a supportive ankle brace during competition.

  2. Buy the right shoe for the sport. Different sports require different shoe gear. Players shouldn't mix baseball cleats with football shoes. 

  3. Children should start the season with new shoes. Old shoes can wear down like a car tire and become uneven on the bottom, causing the ankle to tilt because the foot can't lie flat. 

  4. Check playing fields for dips, divots and holes. Most sports-related ankle sprains are caused by jumping and running on uneven surfaces. That's why some surgeons recommend parents walk the field, especially when children compete in non-professional settings like public parks, for spots that could catch a player's foot and throw them to the ground. Alert coaching officials to any irregularities.

  5. Encourage stretching and warm-up exercises. Calf stretches and light jogging before competition helps warm up ligaments and blood vessels, reducing the risk for ankle injuries.

Have more questions? Don’t hesitate to call the Orange County Foot & Ankle Group. We also have same day appointments.

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Hiking tips to protect your feet, a man hiking in the mountainsHikers and nature lovers take advantage of the beautiful Southern California to explore the mountains, foothills, and wilderness parks year round. Feet can take a beating from long and vigorous hikes, but following these tips can ward off possible foot & ankle injury.

“Hikers and others who love the outdoors often don’t realize how strenuous it can be to withstand constant, vigorous walking on uneven terrain,” says Dr. Bennett of Orange Country Foot & Ankle Surgeons. "Lax physical conditioning and inappropriate footwear bring scores of outdoor enthusiasts into our office each fall for treatment of foot and ankle problems such as chronic heel pain, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, fungal infections and severe blisters."

“Walking up and down steep hillsides, and tramping through muddy fields puts stress on the muscles and tendons in the feet and ankles, especially if you haven’t conditioned properly before hitting the trail,” says Bennett. “Also, many don’t realize that cross-training athletic shoes aren’t the best choice for extended hiking. Had some of my patients worn sturdy, well-constructed hiking boots, they wouldn’t have suffered sprained ankles or strained Achilles tendons.”

Buy top quality hiking boots

Bennett advises hikers and hunters to make the investment in top-quality hiking boots. He says strong, well-insulated and moisture-proof boots with steel or graphite shanks offer excellent ankle and foot support that helps lessen stress and muscle fatigue to reduce injury risk. “The supportive shank decreases strain on the arch by allowing the boot to distribute impact as the foot moves forward. So if a boot bends in the middle, don’t buy it.”

Wear the right socks

Even arid southern California can experience wet and cold weather during the fall and winter, especially in the mountains. Wearing the right socks can help prevent blisters, fungal infections and frostbite. For warm days, Bennett recommends synthetic socks to keep the feet dry and reduce blister-causing friction. On cold days, add a second layer of wool socks to add warmth, absorb moisture away from the skin, and help make the hiking boot more comfortable. “Wool lets moisture evaporate more readily than cotton, so fewer blisters develop,” Bennett adds.

What happens if your feet or ankles hurt during a hike?

Bennett says pain usually occurs from overuse, even from just walking. “If you’re not accustomed to walking on sloped or uneven ground, your legs and feet will get tired and cause muscles and tendons to ache,” he explains. “To avoid a serious injury, such as a severe ankle sprain or an Achilles tendon rupture, rest for a while if you start hurting.”

According to the ACFAS consumer website, FootHealthFacts.org, pain is a warning sign that something is wrong. “Serious injury risk escalates significantly if you continue hiking in pain.” Bennett likens hiking to skiing, in that beginners should take on less difficult trails until they become better conditioned and more confident.

Evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon is recommended if there is persistent pain following a hiking outing. “I’m most concerned about ankle instability and strained Achilles tendons. Inattention to these problems at their early stages may lead to a serious injury that will keep you off the trails for a long time,” Bennett says.

Hikers seeking further information about ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries and other foot and ankle problems can set up an appointment online or give us a call at 714-888-6860.

Man jogging outdoors

Feet are the Rodney Dangerfield of body parts; they don’t get no respect.

That’s especially true for men's feet. Men often resist going to the doctor when they're sick or in pain. But most foot conditions are treatable, and easier to treat, when diagnosed early.

Jonathan Bennett DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Fullerton and Tustin, wants men to know about five foot problems they should never ignore:

Heel pain

Heel Pain is often caused by tissue inflammation, but can also result from a broken bone, a tight Achilles tendon, a pinched nerve, or other problem. A qualified physician will know how to diagnose and treat the true cause of heel pain.

Ankle sprains

Always, always, always require a prompt visit to the doctor. Men who skip out on medical care are more likely to suffer repeated ankle sprains and then develop chronic ankle instability.

Big toe stiffness and pain

Big Toe Stuffness and Pain develops slowly over time, as cartilage in the big toe joint wears down. This eventually leads to arthritis. The sooner a man has this diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilies Tendonitis usually develops from a sudden increase in physical activity, such as when men play weekend sports. Chances of an Achilles tendon rupture can be reduced by treatment of the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis: pain and tenderness on the back of the foot or heel.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown Toenails can pierce the skin, open the door for bacteria to enter the body, and convince some men to perform dangerous "bathroom surgery." Few men know that a doctor can perform a quick procedure that will end the pain and permanently cure an ingrown toenail.

For more information on any of these and more, please visit our patient education center, or set up an appointment online (or by 714-888-6860). Our experienced doctors and friendly staff are top rated by our customers in fast service, and gentle care. Just check out our reviews!