Sports Injury Treatment in Frankfort, Illinois

Podiatrists & Sports-Related Injuries

Picture showing common locations of sports injuries.Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and Athlete’s foot. Your running style, poor footwear and even minor limb length differences can also contribute to sports injury.

Visiting a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Smit should be your fist step towards getting back on your feet after a sports injury. Dr. Smit can not only help treat your current foot or ankle pain, but provide you with helpful tips to prevent future sports injuries.

Here are some tips for athletic foot care:

  • Wash your feet every day, and dry thoroughly.
  • Wear only good-quality, well-fitting cotton socks.
  • Always use the correct shoe for each sport and surface.
  • Get in shape. Being overweight or out of shape places added stress on the feet. Condition yourself gradually with stretching exercises for 15-20 minutes before starting and after any activity (“warm-up” and “warm-down”).
  • Wear correct shoes. Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface. If running, the shoe should have adequate cushioning in the mid-sole and a flared heel for stability.

Return to Foot and Ankle Topics

If you are having a foot or ankle emergency please contact or go to the nearest emergency room at either
Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest or Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

9875 West Lincoln Highway
Suite #101
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-3211
24560 South Kings Road
Crete, IL 60417
(708) 672-5100
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