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By Diana Emini
February 10, 2014
Category: sports injuries

Sports fans around the world have likely been watching the Winter Olympics unfold in Sochi, Russia. And as the games progress, there's sure to be plenty of action – from skiing to bobsledding to hockey.

But perhaps one of the most popular events is figure skating. Although many fans were looking forward to seeing reigning men's gold medalist (and Naperville native) Evan Lysacek compete again, he announced in December that he isn't taking part in the games because of a hip injury.

Although it's full of grace and beauty, Lysacek's situation shows skating can be hard on the body, including the feet and ankles. Whether you're gliding across the ice for fun at a local rink or are serious about the sport, here are just a few ways it can harm the feet:

  • Bunions. This is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Basically, the bones change position and cause the big toe joint to dislocate. Over time, the bony bump can get bigger and crowd the smaller toes. According to usfigureskating.org, bunions are noted in up to 57 percent of skaters.

  • Hammertoes: This is a buckling of the toe joints. This can give a toe a curled or claw-like appearance and also come with pain or swelling. U.S. Figure Skating's website says this is found in 18 percent of skaters – the toes curl to try holding the shoe or skate on the foot.

  • Plantar fasciitis: The band stretching from the heel bone to the toes, the plantar fascia, supports the arch and absorbs shock. When it get irritated, it can create stabbing or burning pain under the heel.

    Whether you skate competitively or just for fun. Here are a few tips to avoid injury:

  • Always warm up to stretch so your muscles aren't stiff on the ice

  • Make sure to have proper instruction and training before you try anything on skates

  • Wear proper clothing and don't forget to tie back long hair. Avoid jewelry and baggy clothes.

  • Don't skate if you're already suffering from an injury.

  • Seek medical care if you suffer from pain or an injury.

We hope you stay safe on the ice this winter, but if you suffer from an injury, call us at DM Foot and Ankle. Dr. Michelle Kim and I can see urgent cases same-day in our Lemont office. Stay safe and enjoy cheering for Team USA during the Olympics!

By Diana Emini