In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the foot and ankle issues that relate to the sport of hockey. This is the season for hockey and whether it be minor play, league hockey, local High School hockey, or... MTU college hockey, both fans and players are ready to go toe-to-toe with the opponent. Hockey players have to balance graceful agility, effortless gliding, turning and pivoting on thin skate blades, as well as, getting jostled with aggressive body checks, crashing into fellow players, and sometimes, meeting the ice surface with full-on force. So, it's no surprise that this combination of refined physical activity and rough, aggressive encounters can OFTEN lead to foot and ankle injuries for hockey players. Skating in ice hockey is a complex motor skill.

Scientists have concluded that the MOST important skill in ice hockey is the SKATING. Professional coaches, general managers, and team scouts, consider skating ability as a significant factor when selecting a player for a team. The feet are SO important when it comes to skating. Maintaining balance on two feet while moving straight ahead, turning, and engaging in body and stick contact is important for players.

Good foot health and function are the foundation for sports performance, including hockey. Sports is part physical and part psychological. If a player is struggling to push past a plateau in their performance... their feet may be the missing link. Listen to today’s program to find out more about this interesting topic. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.