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You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to feel the stresses and strains your body goes through when doing winter activities like skiing, skating or tubing. Whether you're a professional athelete, an amateur or just out for a day of fun, we do take risks with these activities.

No matter who you are or what you're doing, accidents can and do happen, and you could face the additional risk of injury from repetitive motions, hard landings, and simple overuse as you try to enjoy your day.

In the case of, say an Olympic skater who trains a lot, according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the most common injuries are caused either by overuse and/or trauma. Single skaters “have a higher incidence of overuse injuries, while pair skaters and ice dancers are more prone to traumatic injuries.”


Here are some examples of common figure skating injuries:

Common Traumatic Injuries

  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Dislocation of the patella or shoulder
  • ACL and meniscal tears
  • Head injury and concussion
  • Labral tears of the hip
  • Lacerations

Common Overuse Injuries

  • Stress fractures, most commonly to the foot or spine
  • Stress reactions, such as shin splints and medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Tendonitis – Achilles, patellar, or peroneal
  • Muscle strains of the hip
  • Jumpers knee or patellofemoral syndrome
  • Apophysitis – Osgood-Schlatter (knee) or iliac crest (hip)
  • Bursitis in the ankle
  • Lace bite, an irritation of the tibialis anterior and toe extensor tendon

Impact at landing generates deceleration forces measuring up to 100 Gs in adolescent skaters. This phenomenal force is transmitted throughout the lower extremity contacting the ice and axial skeleton and is the main contributor to the host of injuries sustained in figure skating.

For those who are thinking of training or taking up figure skating, my advice is to take into account the above and invest in periodic checkups with your podiatrist. Foot stress fractures can be virtually undetectable, with those suffering even walking on them. Taking into account the huge amount of strain on the body, it’s only prudent to make sure that you’re in top shape by including a professional checkup on a frequent basis. Additionally, consider the following tips to reduce risk of injury:

  • Reduce exposure to high—G—force landings by limiting the repetition of jumps—especially poorly mastered or new jumps—per training session.
  • Increase proficiency with new jumps through off-ice training, use of a harness, and ensuring a proper conception of perfect form prior to on-ice repetitions.
  • Avoid learning new elements during growth spurts, as this causes increased stress on the body.
  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes prior to putting on skates and stepping on the ice.
  • Properly fit and break in boots; adjust skate blades and sharpen appropriately.
  • Inspect ice regularly for chips or gouges that might cause injury.
  • Perform off-ice conditioning to improve core strength and fitness.
  • Maintain adequate nutrition. Skaters, particularly girls, are at risk for eating disorders.
  • Create conversation between coach, skater, and parents to minimize injury and avoid overtraining.
  • Avoid skating with pain and see a physician if pain persists.

If you're in the Troy, MI or Warren, Mi area, feel free to call my office or book an appointment online now - before you partake in risky fun.

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Dr Anthony Weinert, a Michigan foot specialist and recognized authority as well as leading expert on foot health and wellness practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan talks about starting a new exercise routine and considerations for your feet and their health.

If you are like most people you probably have already started on your New Year goals that include getting in better shape, losing those few extra pounds and becoming more active to help maintain a healthy weight after the weight loss is complete.

For people that are not currently active, or for those that are starting a new exercise routine, there are some very important considerations for your feet.

Remember that your feet take all the pressure and punishment when you walk, jump, move and run and those few extra pounds translate into a lot of additional pressure. Protecting your feet to avoid sprains, strains and issues such as heel pain, plantar fasciitis and tendon problems requires a few simple and easy to follow guidelines.

Right Shoes for the Right Exercise Routine

While it may be trendy to have a lot of different dress shoes, it is more than just a fashion statement to have the right shoes for the right type of exercise. Running shoes, cross trainers, walking shoes and even weight training shoes are all designed differently to support your feet and ankles through a different range of motion. They also have different soles, different features and different levels of support for your tender tootsies. Always buy the best quality shoe that you can that is specifically designed for your exercise routine. Talk to your podiatrist for ideas about the right type of footwear.

Start Slow

Your feet need to get in shape just like the rest of your body, so start slow and choose low impact exercises. Limit both time and intensity of things like walking, jogging, jumping or running and gradually increase in duration and intensity as your body becomes leaner and more fit.

Stretch Before and After

Stretching the lower legs, ankles and the feet before and after exercise is important. A good exercise for these areas is to sit on the floor legs extended straight in front of you and toes up. Using a towel loop it around the top of the feet and, keeping your legs down and straight, slowly pull back on the towel. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of the leg and through the heel and the bottom of the foot.

Rotate your ankles and rock from the heels to the toes several times to really get your feet ready for any exercise session, even just going for that brisk walk, these stretching exercises really help to avoid injury, stress or strain.

 

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By contactus@stopfeetpainfast.com
January 17, 2018
Category: Heel Pain

Dr. Anthony Weinert is a Michigan foot specialist, recognized authority and leading expert on foot health and wellness, practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan.


Picture this: You cover your feet with a topical anesthetic* and are able to walk around in terribly uncomfortable shoes all day. Sounds like a miracle fix, right?

WRONG!  The sprays and foot creams (no matter which ones) that claim to alleviate high heel aches for up to three hours are not really that good for you. Some GPs will prescribe pain medication, or over-the-counter muscle balms, or even injections that numb the areas, but they don't really "fix" the real problems going on with your feet. You could even experience long term damage without even realizing it while you feel like nothing serious could be happening. 

Let’s get one thing straight: pain is an indicator that something is WRONG.  As such, masking it means you’re not getting the crucial signals of the damage being done, and you’ll continue having damage done until the underlying cause is addressed.

A far better solution, created by a PODIATRIST, is Hyprocure.  For those ‘fashionistas’ who don’t feel comfortable committing to an orthotic device that might not fit into their latest shoe-du-jour, the Hyprocure stent acts like an invisible built-in orthotic. The stent procedure ensures the proper alignment of your foot, and virtually eliminates pain. Additionally, it ensures that nerves aren’t further pinched, no more damage is done, and that you won’t feel double the pain the next day (as I’m sure you would with a spray or cream!).

The bottom line is:  there is a solution for pain stemming from wearing high heels/improper footwear. Orthotics are a good start, corrective surgery helps (especially in the case of bunions), and the Hyprocure stent surgery is the gold standard in reduction of foot pain from misaligned feet.  If you or a loved one are suffering, don’t hesitate to contact us today at our Troy or Warren podiatrist office! Book an appointment right now - STOP FEET PAIN FAST

*Consumer Report on topical pain relief

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By contactus@stopfeetpainfast.com
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

Please do not let foot pain sideline you at TigerFest!

Dr. Anthony Weinert is a Michigan foot specialist, recognized authority and leading expert on foot health and wellness, practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan.

 

For families, this is a fun opportunity to get outside, enjoy the company of other Tiger fans, and hang out with the Tiger baseball team. During the event, participants will have the chance to enjoy Major League batting cages, batting practice in the underground batting tunnel, experience the 1968 World Series with an interactive display on the concourse and much more!

As you get out to the batting cages and start hitting some home runs, it is important to remember to plan ahead. Wear shoes with a low heel, good arch support and a wide toe box. Then when you get to the plate you will be able to give your best swing.

If you are planning on participating in TigerFest, don’t let your foot or ankle pain put you on the sidelines. Whether you have heel pain, ankle pain or are feeling the effects of diabetes on your feet, you don’t have to put up with the discomfort. Come visit our office, and stop your suffering. You can contact our Troy office by calling (248) 362-3338, or our Warren office by calling (586) 751-3338. Requesting an appointment has been made easy by visiting our website and filling out the “appointment request form”.

 

Get a heads up on all types of foot pain before you get too busy. Dr. Anthony Weinert has a new ebook out you won't want to miss! Take it where ever you go. All you have to do is download it from Amazon. Get "The Sole Doctor's Guide to Happy and Healthy Feet" now - CLICK HERE

 

Dr. Anthony Weinert is a Michigan foot specialist, recognized authority and leading expert on foot health and wellness, practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan.

Are you as excited about the North American International Auto Show (or, colloquially known as the Detroit Auto Show) as we are? It’s a huge event in downtown Detroit, and throngs of people fill the arena center at Cobo every year to attend it. Of course, with so many in attendance and a show so big, you inevitably are on your feet for a long time… potentially several hours, of both standing and walking. The Detroit Auto Show is a recipe for foot pain, but there are ways to avoid or minimize it.

Follow these simple steps to prevent and minimize foot pain:

STEP 1:
Use new gel insoles inside your shoes. Good insoles provide added support which will help prevent foot pain at the end of the day. Make sure to replace your gel insoles before they wear out completely.

STEP 2:
Make sure you are wearing the right size shoes. Wearing the wrong size shoe can cause major foot pain. Keep those details in mind when looking for the best shoes for standing all day: the heel shouldn’t move when walking, the side of the shoes should fit nicely without causing discomfort, and you should have room for your toes to move (about the width of your thumb). If in doubt, see your podiatrist for a proper fitting.

STEP 3:
Reduce the pressure on your feet while attending by walking instead of standing still. If you can’t walk, shift from one foot to another. While standing on one foot, lift the other slightly and rotate the ankle. This will give your foot a break and help prevent pain. Take frequent breaks to sit when you can.

STEP 4:
Wear quality socks. Good socks can make the difference between pain free feet and sore feet. Quality socks provide additional cushioning. Look for thick cotton or wool socks to prevent blisters. Socks with holes should be replaced.

STEP 5:
Wear custom orthotics if you have them. If you often experience foot pain and fatigue, custom orthotics are a step in the right direction to correct foot imbalances and prevent pain while walking and standing. Our office offers custom orthotics that are 100% accurate, and come with a lifetime guarantee- call us for details!

We hope these tips help to ensure your Detroit Auto Show experience is pain free, and that you have a great time seeing all the new toys the auto manufacturers bring out!  Let us know on Facebook Twitter or Google+ what your favorite car was!

You can also get more tips on healthy feet by purchasing a copy of Dr. Weinert's latest book: "The Sole Doctor's Guide to Happy and Healthy Feet" available on Amazon all proceed are in aid of Shoe Pantry Plus, Dr. Weinert's 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.





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