Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Safer Ski and Snowboard Tips

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‘Tis the season to hit the slopes! Skiing and snowboarding present their own unique risks to the feet and ankles. Knowledge is power; keep these things in mind when heading for the hills on your next holiday.

 

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Different Sports, Different Injuries

A four-year study published by the NCBI found that there are significant differences in the types of injuries skiers and snowboarders frequently incur. Skiers are more likely to damage their knees, whereas snowboarders are more likely to injure their ankles.

 

Experience Doesn’t Necessarily Make You Safer

According to the same study, having experience will not necessarily make you less vulnerable. For snowboarders, being new to the sport ups the risk factor. Almost half of all snowboarding injuries are sustained by newbies. The same cannot be said of skiing; less than a fifth of those injured while skiing are beginners. This means it is especially important for even advanced skiers to exercise caution.

 

Come Prepared

Make sure you are physically ready before hitting the slopes. Weak legs or core muscles, and poor endurance can make you more vulnerable to injury. The sports gear brand Evo has some great tips for how to get fit for winter sports here. Make sure you consult your physician to ensure your workout plan is an appropriate fit.

 

 

Check Your Gear, Especially Your Bindings

It is a good idea to assess all your gear regularly to make sure it is in top shape. Bindings are especially important, particularly for skiers. Bindings that fail to release are a major source of knee injuries for skiers. If at all possible, see a professional to make sure your bindings are properly adjusted, especially if you have new boots. Before heading out, a skier should do a self test to make sure your bindings will release.

 

Concerned about an old injury or dealing with a new one? Request an appointment with our team. Our foot and ankle orthopedic specialists are part of AOSMI: a medical practice, which also includes physical therapists, joint replacement profesionals, sports medicine experts, and more. Whether it is diagnosis, recovery, treatment, or adjusting your workout regime, we are happy to help!


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The Pump Bump: Haglund’s Deformity

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Haglund’s Deformity, aka Mulhulland Deformity or pump bump, is despite it’s many names a pretty simple deformity wherein a bony enlargement develops on the back of the heel bone. It can develop because of footwear issues, such as wearing shoes with overly tight, rigid backs. It can also occur in people with certain foot shapes. If you place weight on the outside of your feet when walking, you may be especially vulnerable to developing the condition.

The early symptoms of Haglund’s Deformity can be painful, but not severe. They include a hard growth on the back of the heel, and sometimes heel pain. Suffers often get blisters on the area where the growth is. Left untreated, the condition can develop into bursitis and becoming increasingly painful.

 

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If you suspect you are developing this deformity, reassess your footwear. Make sure you are wearing the right size and width of shoe, especially if you normally order online and haven’t had a fitting in some time. Open backed shoes can help, provided they offer adequate support. Stick on cushion inserts can also help protect your heel. Ice, over the counter NSAIDs, and rest can help with the pain–and make sure to clean and cover any blisters to avoid infection.

If the pain persists or worsens despite taking these measures, and if the bony growth continues to grow, see a specialist. A foot and ankle specialist will take a closer look at the structure of your feet, assess your gait, and work you through more aggressive treatments. If necessary, they can recommend and perform surgery to remove the growth, and shave the heel bone back to a more normal shape.

 

 

In the NJ area, and worried about your heels? We’d be happy to take a closer look, and create a tailored plan to help manage your symptoms and correct the deformity. You can request an appointment online, or contact our team for more information here.

 

 

 


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