In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the winter sport of skiing and foot pain.

Cross country skiing and downhill skiing are popular winter sports. Did you know that in Finland, cross-country skiing is the most popular group sport? Overall, the number of competitive skiers has been increasing due to the fact that there are younger participants and well as veteran skiers that continue to participate in the sport. Along with that comes more foot and ankle problems unfortunately.

Dr. Reminga says, “The first skiers foot condition that I most often see in my office is ARCH PAIN. This condition causes severe, stabbing pain in the arches of the feet and is most commonly found in skiers with flat feet or fallen arches. This type of foot pain can quickly end a fun day of skiing as well as put a damper on a whole skiing season.”

What can a skier do to avoid a ski season on the sidelines? Well, it’s important to have the best boots and bindings fit for your particular needs. However, the foot’s structure and how it is affected by the sport of skiing is key. There are muscles in your feet that are referred to as “intrinsic” muscles. These muscles start and end within the foot itself. Extrinsic muscles are those that start in the leg and end in the foot. Those with flat feet, or fallen arches, experience arch pain more commonly when skiing. This is due to the fact that a flat foot tends to be a very unstable foot and skiing requires stability when transferring force effectively from the ski boot to the edge of the ski when turning. Interestingly, when someone with an unstable flat foot attempts ski maneuvers, the intrinsic muscles, or those that start and end within the foot, start working exceptionally hard to help stabilize the foot. In doing so, the muscles eventually run out of adequate blood flow to accomplish this activity which results in the severe, stabbing arch pain I mentioned earlier. This condition is medically referred to as “Skier's Foot Myalgia” or “Plantar Intrinsic Stress Syndrome” but simply stated it’s “Arch Muscle Pain”.

Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. 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.