The Athlete

Frequently asked Questions: Sports Injuries

What is the best treatment for Shin Splints?

The first thing to look at is your feet.  Many times shin splints are a result of improper or poor arch support in your athletic shoes.  Replacing the inserts with ones that properly support your medial and lateral arch is important.  It is also important that you wear a "pair" of orthotics.  If not, you will throw your hips off balance and create more problems.

Should I use hot or cold for an injury?

It is always recommended to use cold therapy for several days after an acute injury.  Once the swelling has subsided, then switch to a combination of alternating heat and cold therapy.  It's also a good idea to ice the affected area after an exercise or event, just to keep problems at a minimum.  This is much like the baseball pitchers icing their arm after a game.

How do back supports work?

A good back support should provide good abdominal support as well.  Providing abdominal support along with support to the back, relieves lumbar pressure, assists in shifting the center of gravity to a more neutral position and in essence, providing overall comfort.

Does the way I lace my shoes really make a difference?

Hammertoes, corns, bleeding toes or nail problems mean you should consider lacing your shoes so the toe box area is essentially lifted.  You can often slightly adjust the height of the toe box area by pulling on the lace that travels directly from the toe to the top of the shoe.

Can proper lacing help prevent heel blisters?

Pistoning of the heel in the shoe and resulting blisters may be prevented by threading the lace twice through the eyelets.

What kind of knee support do I need?

It depends upon several factors; what type of problem you are experiencing, your level of activity, are you wearing it during a sporting event or is it essential that you wear it for work.  All of these will determine which support will work best for you.  We are always available to assist you in your selection.