Posts for category: Foot Tips
March Madness is here! One of the most exciting times of year in sports. Basketball is an exciting, high energy, fast paced sport. Constant lead changes and fiercely competitive college athletes make the NCAA tournament amazing.
Have you been following the 23rd Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea? Are you impressed and enthralled by the skill and passion of the athletes in the games? Do you know that even the toughest and most well trained athletes in the world are plagued by foot issues?
Adam Rippon, a U.S. Figure Skater sprained his left ankle and fractured his fifth metatarsal bone in his foot just before the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. He was warming up his legs by jumping up and down and that is how the injury occured. It is very common after a serious ankle sprain that one can also fracture their fifth metatarsal bone due to the mechanism of injury. Rippon blames “not getting enough nutrients” for his injury. He went on to finish fourth at the 2018 U.S Nations and is now at the 2018 Winter Olympics!
Katie Ormerod, is a snowboarder from Great Britain who fractured her right heel during warm-ups before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics during a training session in Seoul. On her Facebook page, she states she broke her heel bone in two places and required surgery. She recently updated her fans that she needs additional surgeries because she almost had an open fracture due to the bone nearly piercing her skin and as a result, the skin on her heel is necrotic. Healing from this type of injury can take several months with cast immobilization after the surgery and with gradual rehabilitation.
American ice dancer, Madison Chock has been dealing with a chronic foot issue “all season” that most recently flared up right before her and her partner took the ice in their first Olympic routine. She explained to the press that she has an osteochondral lesion in her foot- “there’s a loose bone fragment that’s in the joint that just is being held by cartilage right now,” she said. She later said she was going to ice extra and do physical therapy.
As you can see, sports and exercise is great for you but can be extremely demanding on a competitive level. Remember to always wear proper shoe gear (even sport appropriate shoe gear!) and to warm up. If you feel you or a loved one may have a sports related injury and would like an examination please give us a call so that we may make you an appointment!
Enjoy the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics!!
It’s that time of year again- back to school and fall! Leaves are changing color, sales are going on in stores, and trends are changing! School is back in session and we are constantly being bombarded by sale coupons, circulars and ads about shoes and sales. Our kids always need more shoes; whether they are participating in team sports, gym, or just every day comfortable shoes to wear as the school year progresses. We always forget one group of individuals who are very important in going back to school- TEACHERS!
We always discuss picking the right shoe for you or your child but for once, we would like to devote a blog to foot care for teachers!
Dear Teachers: You are always on your feet all day and constantly walking back and forth in front of a classroom or down the hallways, it is important to realize that teachers need comfortable supportive shoes too- shoes that are as supportive and reliable as you are! But just because you need supportive shoes we understand that it is important to be comfortable and still look professional. You do not have to forego fashion for support!
We recommend that you do not wear flip-flops or high heels! To reduce your incidence of injury, foot pain or injury we recommend supportive shoe gear such as:
- Supportive flats
- Kitten heels
Please keep in mind, if there are shoes that you love and cannot live without-- you can always place orthotics in your shoes to provide support when there is none! We recommend you wear your custom orthotics regardless to realign and support your feet. Don’t have them? Don’t worry! Make an appointment at one of our three offices to come see us today! We will be more than happy to help you and evaluate your shoe gear and discuss what you may need.