The shin bone is one of the strongest bones in the body and yet FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) requires it’s players wear shin guards but do not require the foot to be protected, yet the foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 ligaments and muscles. The Foot Guard by ZEDGE is the perfect product for people and corporations to get behind purchasing these for families that can’t afford to buy for their kids playing soccer, football, baseball, and lacrosse. There are over twenty-four million kids playing soccer in the United States alone.
There are 1.1 million kids playing American football in high schools. There are 750 thousand lacrosse players, and there are 17.56 million playing baseball and softball. There are thousands of foot injuries that happen every year to these kids and most of the injuries can be eliminated by wearing the Foot Guard by ZEDGE.
Pros For America’s Youth Foundation wants to help in fighting these injuries that can keep a child from playing and cost their parents a bunch of money on doctor and hospital bills.
Individuals can donate just $20 to supply one of the Foot Guards to a child who cannot afford to purchase the Foot Guard on TV or at a store. Your donation is tax deductible as we are a 501 ( c ) 3 organization. We will send you all the necessary forms when donation is made.
PFAY will have 10 of its Hall of Fame athletes who are now helping a favorite charity of their own to lend their name to this effort. We, PFAY will donate one dollar of every Foot Guard purchased to these ten charities. We expect to have charities such as Wounded Warriors, United Way, Salvation Army, St. Jude’s, and YMCA of the USA, Special Needs Children, American Cancer Society, Heart Association and UNICEF USA..
Pros For America’s Youth Foundation will hold press conferences with various Hall of Fame athletes to explain our cause for the Foot Guard Project. We will ask corporate America to help. We will go to many of our top corporations in the United States to help and ask them to purchase the Foot Guard for kids who can’t afford them
PFAY will purchase the product from ZEDGE Sports, LLC at a discounted price and then make sure that they are delivered to the qualified children who can not afford the Foot Guard. We will make this a big event when we present the Foot Guards to the kids. We will have all the newspapers in that area as well as the TV and radio stations covering the event. The corporations that
sponsored the kids will be recognized and a sticker with their logo will adhere to the Foot Guard as a reminder of their support.
4 Common Foot Injuries in the Athlete
I love feet.They are a truly fascinating part of the body. In the foot, there are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and muscles. The irony lies in the fact that the rest of the lower extremity only has four bones (femur, patella, tibia, fibula), four joints, and 41 muscles. Basically, the foot dictates the rest of the movements that occur in the lower body. And I would argue that poor foot positioning could, in fact, cause someone neck pain.
The foot functions not only to absorb shock as we walk, squat, run, and jump, but also to provide a rigid surface from which we can push off and do it again. Many of the muscles that control foot movements have attachment higher in the leg, at the tibia and fibula. The high stress placed on the feet during athletic participation can cause imbalances in these muscles, leading to biomechanical dysfunction. When dysfunction arises, it can lead to significant pain and poor movement ability for the athlete.
In this article, I’ll highlight some of the most common overuse foot conditions that I treat.Additionally, we’ll discuss appropriate ways to manage the dysfunction until you finally decide to seek out someone smarter than you.
Stress Fractures Over the last year, I’ve seen my fair share of metatarsalstress fractures in CrossFit athletes. A stress fracture is usually the result of a combination of poor diet and overtraining.There are two groups of bone cells that are responsible for bone turnover. One group breaks bone down and the other builds it up. When that balance is disrupted, the rate of break down overrides the rate of build up and the bone becomes weakened. This is the mechanism of osteoporosis and osteopenia as well. Typically, this occurs in the second and third toes.
Symptoms include tenderness over the middle or most distal portion of the metatarsal (long foot bone) with moderate swelling on the top of the foot. Any loading or weight bearing is usually quite painful, and often athletes will have continued pain with rest. Initial X-rays are negative because the stress fracture is so small. A good ortho will take repeat films at three to four weeks to see if the body has started to develop a callous along that stress fracture. If that isn’t visible and pain persists, a bone scan or MRI may be warranted. Stress fractures are best managed with ice, decreased loading or non-weight-bearing, and casting in severe cases.
Leg anatomy by Pearson Scott Foresman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.