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How to Properly Kick a Soccer Ball

If you do not want to hurt your feet when kicking a soccer ball, it is important to master the correct technique. While an athlete might excel at kicking the ball with one foot, they may not be as gifted when using their other foot. Great soccer players learn how to kick the ball with both feet and learn to kick it firmly without hurting themselves. Many new soccer players start by kicking the ball with their toes and doing so runs the risk of injury. To kick the soccer ball properly, approach the ball at a 45-degree angle and plant your non-kicking foot at the side of the ball, either open or pointing at the target. At the start of the swing with the foot you are kicking with, try to point your opposite hand at the target and then strike through the ball while swinging your arm for balance and power. The kicking foot should go through to the ball making contact with the laces area of the soccer shoe. This is the part of the foot that is used to kick the ball long distances. For safer passing over short distances, use the instep of the foot. If you or your child play soccer and a foot injury is sustained, consult with a podiatrist who can evaluate the injury and suggest appropriate treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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