FAQs - Sports Injuries

How can I avoid common sports injuries?

Sports injuries are unfortunately common, but you can take steps to help prevent them and decrease the likelihood you’ll get one. Most sports injuries are actually related to overuse and trouble from improper gear, or failing to warm up and condition the body. These are factors you can control, whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior.

Make sure you wear the right kind of shoes and other athletic gear for your sport. Avoid using worn-out equipment, especially footwear. Condition your body, including your feet, to handle the pressures of your sports by starting slowly and increasing intensity over time. Always warm up before being active, and carefully cool down afterwards, too. Stay hydrated while you play sports. Don’t overwork your body, either. Make sure you give your feet and the rest of you a break and time to recover from your activities.

If you’re experiencing foot pain when you play sports, don’t ignore it—let Dr. Gerald Mauriello help you. Make an appointment online, or by calling us at (908) 475-8750.

Why do I always feel like I have a pebble in my shoe?

That “pebble in my shoe” sensation can have many different sources, but one of the most common issues is metatarsalgia. This condition causes inflammation and irritation in the forefoot, particularly where the metatarsal bones meet your toes to form the ball of the foot. Any swelling in the area may create that sensation of a stone in your shoe. You may also develop sharp pain, numbness, and tingling that radiates into your toes. The discomfort will worsen the more you put pressure on the ball of the foot, but should feel somewhat better when you relax.

Since metatarsalgia is an overuse injury, the problem will not improve unless you seek treatment. Dr. gerald Mauriello will help you manage the discomfort and relieve the inflammation, allowing your forefoot to heal. The longer you wait, the longer you will deal with the pebble-in-the-shoe sensation. 

How do I prevent a sport injury?

Injury prevention is an important part of playing well when you participate in sports, whether just for fun or as part of a formal team. If a sports injury is related to overwork, poor training, or bad gear it is usually preventable. However, injuries caused by sudden and unpredictable accidents often are not. Either way, you should work actively to prevent the issues and injuries within your control.

Always condition your lower limbs to handle your activities. This means starting your exercise routines slowly, then building intensity over time. Rest at least once a week to let your body recover. Cross-train to work other supporting muscles. Always warm up and cool down before and after your sport. Wear footwear that was designed specifically for your sport, too—it is reinforced in special ways to handle the strains of your activity. Don’t forget to listen to your feet. If they hurt, that is a sign to slow down. If you develop an injury, let Dr. Gerald Mauriello help. We serve the Belvidere, Hackettstown, Washington Township, and surrounding New Jersey areas. Just call (908) 475-8750 to make an appointment.

What conditions can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy can be used for a wide variety of injuries and ailments in your lower limbs. Ankle issues of all kinds are some of the most common reasons. Sprains need rehabilitation to deal with stiffness as you recover. Fractured joints have to be reconditioned to handle your regular activities and regain range of motion. However, these aren’t the only issues that could use physical therapy. Other injuries and problems could benefit from it as well. Arthritis severely stiffens ankles and needs therapy to maintain your range of motion. Achilles injuries need stretches to loosen tightened tissue. Turf toe needs help restoring full strength to your biggest digit. Even plantar fasciitis can benefit from exercises and stretches to minimize stress on the heel bone.

Physical therapy of some kind is a normal part of treatment for many lower limb issues. It’s a helpful tool for your recovery. Let Dr. Gerald Mauriello help you make the most of your therapy and keep your feet mobile. Make an appointment with us today by calling (908) 475-8750.

Are there ways to strengthen your feet?

There are certainly ways to strengthen your feet, and doing so is a smart move—and an essential component of your overall health and wellbeing. Strong feet have a positive impact on your gait patterns, foot mechanics, whole-body balance, and ankle stabilization.

As you decide to work at making your feet stronger, it is important to know the best possible ways to do so. These include improving your toe grip, stretching your feet, and improving your toes’ dexterity. Specific exercises like heel raises, marble pick-ups, exaggerated eversion and inversion, and toe taps and spreads can all be beneficial.

For more in-depth advice on exercises for feet, or to receive effective care for any foot or ankle condition that is bothering you, contact our Belvidere or Hackettstown, NJ office today. Dr. Gerald Mauriello will provide the diagnosis you need and then handle the issue with expert treatment. Contact us today by calling (908) 475-8750, or use our online form to schedule an appointment.