Posts for: April, 2014
Many sports fans have been glued to the TV this week watching the NHL hockey playoffs and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks as they try winning their third Stanley Cup since 2010.
As a result of living so close to a championship-winning team, many kids across Lemont and beyond may have been prompted to pick up the sport in recent years.
Hockey has exploded in popularity. According to USA Hockey – the national governing body for youth ice hockey in the U.S. -- national membership stood at 195,125 players in 1990-91. Last season, its membership jumped to 510,270.
According to Podiatry Today, hockey injuries fall into two categories -- high speed, low mass injuries from by a puck or stick that lead to contusions, lacerations and concussions. Then there are the low speed, high mass injuries caused by collisions with bodies or boards that usually result in sprains and fractures.
Injuries to the lower extremities account for roughly 27 percent of all hockey injuries, with 11 percent of those happening in the foot.
Meanwhile, among kids between the ages of 11 and 14, the injury rate is about one per 100 hours of playing time. Among players aged 18 to 21, the rate of injury is one per 11 hours of play. And in case you were wondering, pro players suffer injuries at a rate of one per seven hours of play – likely because of the intensity.
When it comes to hockey, sprains and strains are the most common type of injuries. In many cases, the best immediate treatment consists of R.I.C.E., which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
In addition, hockey can lead to the following:
- Achilles tendinitis (When the tendon that connects the back of the leg to the heel becomes swollen and painful.)
- Achilles tendon rupture (An injury to the back of the lower leg. If overstretched, the Achilles tendon can tear completely or partially. )
If you or someone in your family is suffering from a sports injury, call of office get started on your way back to health. Pain is never normal, and we can get many patients into our office within a day or two.
Stay safe as you play, and go Hawks!
By Michelle Kim
Warmer weather has finally arrived, and we here at DM Foot and Ankle couldn’t be happier! After a long winter, we know lots of people in and around Lemont are looking forward to getting outdoors and being active on their feet.
With the Boston Marathon taking place Monday, April 21, we wanted to share information about a few races that are closer to home this spring and summer. As podiatrists, Dr. Michelle Kim and I treat lots of runners for heel pain, foot fractures or ankle sprains. We love seeing our patients stay active, but don’t forget to take care of your feet by wearing proper running shoes (we have a list of brands we recommend – just call or visit our Lemont office!) Also, don’t hesitate to call us if you are suffering from pain or an injury – we can even get patients in same-day!
Here’s a look at just a few races the area has to offer:
The Glo Run – May 3, Chicago –Those who register for this after-dark run (start time is 8:15 p.m. at 1100 S. Columbus Drive,) jog a three-mile course that includes flashing lights and running under inflatable lit arches and tunnels while wearing “glo gear” such as light-up-the-night necklaces and body paint.
First Midwest Half Marathon and 10K-- May 4, Palos Park: The half offers a fast, flat course, $5,000 in cash prizes and medals for all finishers. Since 2008, the race has raised more than $150,000 for the American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, the South West Special Recreation Association and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Quarryman Challenge -- May 10, Lemont --The 10 mile and 5K races start and finish in downtown Lemont and takes runners through the town’s scenic, hilly, historic neighborhoods. Hand-crafted “piece of the rock” awards made from local quarry stone are handed to the top three men’s and women’s finishers and winners in each age group.
Fleet Feet Sports Solider Field 10-Mile – May 24, Chicago – The 11th running of this 10-mile race takes place Memorial Day weekend. Finishers start outside Solider Field, run along Lake Michigan and finish by sprinting across the football stadium’s 50-yard line.
Bacon Chase 5K and 0.05K – June 6, Chicago:This new 5K race at Montrose Beach benefits St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Runners can choose the standard 3.1-mile course, dubbed the "Piggy Pilgrimage," or there’s a much shorter option -- a .05K course measuring 164 feet called the "Blitz to Bacon." Registration includes all-you-can-eat bacon at the finish line and bacon bits along the course. There’s a free bloody Mary and a bacon-scented race bib.
By Diana Emini