Kobe Bryant Sits Out of Practice Due to Foot Pain
Kobe Bryant, shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, was sidelined for part of training camp in early October because of a sore right foot. Apparently, the injury is not serious, which may mean that his sitting out of practice was more of a precaution than a necessity, which is a good thing.
As an athlete and especially as a basketball player, Bryant is more prone to foot injuries than the average person since basketball and sports in general can be hard on the feet. However, since a serious injury can sideline an athlete for a long time, they are more likely to have their injuries looked at and treated properly. The exception to this is when athletes try to play through the pain. It is never a good idea to continue an activity that is causing you foot pain or put more stress on an already injured foot, so Bryant is doing the right thing by taking some time off. It is important when suffering foot pain to stay off the foot until you have it evaluated and to follow the directions of your podiatrist once you do. There are many causes of foot pain and some of them can get much worse if not properly treated or with more activity. Ankle sprains are a good example of that.
Ankle sprains are a common sports injury, especially in basketball, and if you do not seek medical attention for an ankle sprain, it could turn into something much worse. Untreated ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability. With chronic ankle instability, you will suffer from discomfort and “giving way” of the ankle. The discomfort is persistent and you may even suffer from leg weakness. It is much easier and less painful in the long run to get your sprained ankle, or whatever other foot or ankle pain you are suffering from, seen to by a podiatrist and avoid complications with proper diagnosis and treatment.
There are many different reasons for foot pain and it is important to have them all evaluated and treated. Foot pain is never normal and all types of people suffer, not only athletes. In fact, according to a survey done by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 76 percent of Americans said they spent more than four hours a day on their feet and the same number admitted to having foot problems in the last twelve months.
If you are one of those people suffering from foot or ankle problems and would like to set up an appointment, please call our office at (615) 220-8788 or request an appointment online.
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