Athletes should get feet checked if having leg, back, hip pain

Shoe inserts can help absorb shock

By Jenna Zibton - Anchor

ROANOKE, Va. - With the beginning of the school year here, it is back to practice and games for athletes.

When it comes to preventing and treating injuries, one thing that can get overlooked are the feet.

"It's something to keep an eye on especially if there is a child who starts experiencing any pain, hip pain, neck pain at a young age because that's not normal. Especially as the body's developing," said Dan Sweeney, with Foot Levelers.

Foot Levelers is trying to educate everyone that feet are the foundation and if you don't address problems early on it can cause other issues.

They say many times problems with your feet aren't caught, until there are other issues with a knee or the back.

If you notice problems, talk to your doctor about it. They can suggest orthotics to help correct issues or for athletes to help with shock absorption.

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