Over $2 billion is spent in Australia annually to treat their sportspersons, professional or otherwise.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reported that Australian soccer and football players make up most of the demographics for hospitalisations. These sports require plenty of footplay, which is why foot care is extremely important for these players.
1) Blister Prevention
Your shoes should fit both the length and the width of your feet. When your cleats fit just right, there’s less friction between your heels and the inside of the shoes, lowering the chances of getting blisters.
If you already have blisters, keep the area clean and place a bandage over it to prevent more aggravation.
2) Toenails Trimming
Getting your feet stepped on is not new on the field.
The longer your toenails are, the easier they get damaged, cracked or even ripped up! Keep your nails short and you will find that your shoes fit better as well, helping to prevent blisters.
3) Calluses Shaving
When left unattended, these calluses can have blood blisters form underneath them. This can happen when your shoes get too tight for you due to the calluses and the pressure that acts on your blood vessels.
You will also benefit from a more comfortable shoe fitting when you shave down any calluses or bunions.
4) Ankle Sprains
Minor ankle injuries can be taken care of with some compression, painkillers and a resting period anywhere between two weeks to a month, but severe ones will require more than two months.
Football players with previous sprains can benefit from wearing an ankle brace for six months or more after their last sprain to protect their ankle from further injury while allowing them to heal.
5) Toenail Fungus
Understandably, soccer players often sweat in their shoes.
However, this creates a moist environment between their toes, leading to the development of fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. This can be avoided by wearing shoes in public locker rooms or gyms, and keeping your feet dry as much as possible.
6) Plantar Warts
When you have small cracks at the sole of your feet, certain viruses will cause warts to grow into it rather than outwards. These warts might appear as an irregular patch of skin and if left unattended will grow deeper into your skin. You can prevent this by wearing shower shoes, keeping your feet dry and clean and ensuring that your shoes are free of foreign matter.
7) Plantar Fasciitis
Feeling a tightness in your feet? Roll a spray can under your foot and stop where you feel a sore spot. Put some pressure on that spot.
You might feel some pain, but the pain will go away as you do this about once or twice daily. Adding extra paddings into your shoes would also help with this discomfort.
8) Skin Fissures
Wetness between your toes and around your feet can cause your skin to pull when you move around.
When that happens, you skin will crack open easily and become an area for various microorganisms to grow, creating even more problems. When you notice these cracks, you should apply some topical antibiotic cream on it.
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