SUNDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Foot injuries are the talk of the NFL this season, sidelining such stars as quarterback Eli Manning and running back Willie Parker.
Officials at the American Podiatric Medical Association and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine are warning athletes to take care of their feet when they play fall sports like football and lacrosse.
"Many fall sports athletes look to compete their hardest on the field even after being diagnosed with a foot or ankle injury by a podiatrist or other medical professional," said Dr. Bruce Williams, past president of the podiatric academy, in a statement.
"However, not taking foot injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, sprains and turf toe, seriously and continuing to play a sport on an injured foot or ankle can aggravate and worsen these ailments and delay or significantly worsen the healing process," he said.
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To learn more about injuries to the foot and ankle, try the American Podiatric Medical Association.
SOURCE: American Podiatric Medical Association, news release, Oct. 9, 2009