Wear the Right Equipment
Whatever the sport or activity, having the right equipment can help ensure proper protection, support, and technique.
An item doesn’t have to be worn around your knees to benefit them. Shoes that properly support your feet and ankles, for example, can lend stability through your legs, knees, and hips as well.
(Of course, if the activity does involve the use of knee guards or other equipment surrounding the knee, make sure to wear it!)
Every piece of equipment you wear should fit properly, provide substantial support, and not be broken or worn out.
Maintain a Steadier Pace
Many knee injuries come as the result of sudden changes in intensity, especially when quick starts, stops, turns, and pivots are involved.
We know you can’t always prevent such bursts – especially in the heat of action during a game – but it can still pay to be mindful of what your knees are currently going through. If you know you’re starting to push yourself beyond your normal limits, start to dial things back. And if you start feeling pain or discomfort, take a break and assess your condition!
Never Delay Treatment for a Knee Injury
Should you ever feel sudden pain in your knee, or suspect a knee injury for any other reason, your best course of action is to stop whatever you’re doing and take weight off your knee as soon as possible.
Trying to “walk it off” or push through pain before you fully understand the problem means a much higher risk of further injury – and with further injury typically comes longer overall recovery and the potential for future complications.
We will thoroughly examine your knee and learn all we can about the circumstances surrounding your injury. Once we have enough information, we can then suggest a treatment plan to address the issue and help you get back to action as quickly and as safely as possible.
Many problems can be resolved with conservative treatments. However, more severe or unresponsive cases might need more advanced therapies or surgery. We will fully discuss all your options with you and answer any questions you might have before you need to make any decision regarding your care.
Schedule an appointment with Premier Podiatry & Orthopedics by calling (916) 961-3434 or by filling out our online contact form.