Las Vegas’ very own bowl game—one of the oldest bowl games in the NCAA to have stayed in just one city—will be here once again on December 21, 2013. It will pit teams from the rival Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences in our own Sam Boyd Stadium. No matter how the game turns out, it’s sure to be an exciting ride. As in most football games, we’re almost sure to see injuries as well.
Football is naturally a rough sport. Anyone who plays the game knows you feel it everywhere, including the feet. Wearing cleats all the time, especially if they aren’t fitted well, can lead to blisters. Repeated impacts and sudden push-offs or stops can result in turf toe. The quick direction changes and powerful tackles can lead to sprained ankles. Even experienced players like those who will be in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl are still at risk for overuse injuries if they aren’t careful in their training. Achilles tendinitis and stress fractures develop over time, and if they aren’t dealt with, they can take a player right out of the bowl game.
Still, with a little care and treatment, players on every level—from backyard league to big college teams—can avoid most of these injuries. Take care of your equipment, especially your shoes, so they stay supportive and adequately protect your feet. Always properly warm up before you play. Also, continue to condition your feet over time to handle the strain of the game. So whether you’re a weekend warrior or you’ll be running out onto that field December 21, remember to take care of your feet.
If you’re experiencing any pain or weakness in your feet or ankles, especially when you’re active, don’t just blow it off. It isn’t “normal” and it can be helped. Instead of ignoring the problem and allowing it to get worse, contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists here in Las Vegas for an appointment or more information. Call (702) 839-2010 or visit the website contact page to reach us.