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Avoiding Foot and Ankle Injuries

Our feet and ankles are the foundation of our bodies and real workhorses: each day we walk an average of 7,500 steps. Over a lifetime these really add up and can total more than 100,000 miles – four times around the world!

It’s easy to see that preventing harm to our feet and ankles is very important. Although some injuries are unavoidable, you can reduce your risk. Here’s how:

Be Smart about Exercising to Prevent Foot and Ankle Injuries

A sports injury can leave you on the sidelines. Follow these tips to minimize the chance of injuring yourself:

Many athletes use custom-fitted orthotics to help improve foot function and shock absorption while decreasing the chance of injuries.

Prevent Falls

Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM urges you to do all you can to prevent falls that can cause serious injuries:

Consult a Professional for Foot Pain Relief

Despite your good intentions and precautions, you may still sustain a foot injury. Treat mild injuries with the R.I.C.E. method:

With a more serious injury, home treatment will not be enough. If you develop tingling in your foot or any signs of infection, or if pain is severe, come in to our office right away for a professional diagnosis and treatment.

Contact Us for any Serious Foot Injury

Don’t suffer with pain from an injury. Call Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist in Chicago for an examination. You can reach us at 773-561-8100 for an appointment or contact us via the website.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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