Preventing Field Hockey Injuries!

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
Owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway & Hillsborough, NJ

Field hockey is a team sport played by mostly females during the fall season in middle school, high school and college. The game can be played on a grass field or a turf field as well as an indoor board surface. The type of surface that is played on determines the shoe gear that should be worn.

Also when field hockey is played outside, the conditions may be muddy and slippery. It is important during these times to have adequate ankle support to prevent sprains and strains. Proper fitting athletic shoes is your best line of defense. Sizing can be everything when is comes to sport shoes. If the shoe does not fit it can slide, cause the ankle to turn, and be very hazardous. You need to make sure you are wearing the best shoe for your sport, as well as the proper size.

In addition to proper shoe gear, orthotics are often an athletes best friend. Orthotics can help support the foot and ankle as well as stabilize the ankle to prevent rolling. Orthotics can also help to prevent injuries in the knees, hips and back. Orthotics can be made specifically for cleats so you can slip them in and be better prepared for the game.

Therefore make sure to visit your podiatrist prior to the start of your field hockey season. If you or your child thinks they may have injured themselves, it is important to see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Waiting to be treated can delay your recovery and put you out for the season.

 

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