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Be Proactive to Prevent Overuse Injuries in Children

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Young baseball players will be working hard to win the coveted title in the World Series for Little League Baseball taking place August 14-24 in Williamsport, PA. There are many benefits for kids being involved in organized sports, such as learning, commitment, and the discipline of how to work on a team and take direction from a coach. It helps build confidence and keeps kids active and healthy. On the flip side, there is also the risk of injury. Overuse injuries in children are common for those who are very active and parents need to be proactive in preventing what could be a game-ending problem.

Overuse injuries can involve disorders related to growing, such as Osgood-Schlatter disease and Sever’s disease, or those that develop from repetitive trauma such as stress fractures. Foot and ankle pain is not normal; an injury could lead to loss of playing time, multiple doctor visits, and rehabilitation.

There are several factors that can lead to this type of injury. First, excessive sports training with inadequate rest can greatly increase the risk of injury. It may be necessary to limit the number of high-impact sports your child is involved in at one time and be proactive in making sure they have days where their body has a chance to catch up and heal. While you may not be proficient at the sport they are doing, as a parent you should know what to look for when the coaches are teaching and training.

Overuse injuries can happen due to improper technique or training errors on the field or court. Also, while your child may be athletically gifted, avoid specializing in one sport too early. Too much training too soon can add a lot of stress on growing bones. Finally, take action if you notice something abnormal or if they complain of pain. Quick treatment can prevent a serious complication.

Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery if you have any concerns about your child’s foot and ankle health—call Dr. Sanjay Patel in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055 to make an appointment today.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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