Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
January 16, 2018
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In today’s program, Dr. Reminga continues his series about the different types of foot pain that skiers may encounter during a ski season. Many people look forward, with anticipation, to the arrival of snow in our area so they can enjoy the popular sports of downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snowboarding. The sport of skiing places tremendous forces and pressure on the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. As a result, the feet can become painful with numbness, burning sensations, and general aches and pains that can quickly drain the fun and enjoyment from a day of skiing.

In the first part of this series, Dr. Reminga addressed arch pain in skiers. Today Dr. Reminga includes a variety of foot conditions that skiers experience. The first is a condition called Skier’s Toe,Toe Bang as some refer to it, or Subungual Hematoma. This is when a toenail turns black due to bleeding under the nail. It’s caused by boots that are either too loose or too tight. In either case, the feet tend to move around in the ski boots which leads to repetitive trauma oftentimes to the toes. The blackened toenail can be very painful and can stop a person from getting back on the slopes once this has occurred.

Ankle sprains, tendon ruptures, and fractures are a common conditions among skiers and snowboarders. Even though today’s ski boots are very protective, ligament and tendon injuries are common. This type of injury most often occurs when the skier awkwardly lands on the outside of their foot and twists inwards, resulting in the tissue of the foot twisting and tearing. Dr. Reminga goes into more detail about Achilles Tendonitis. The achilles tendon, which is a large ropelike band of tissue in the back of the ankle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, can tear if it is overstretched. With this injury, prompt treatment is key and a torn Achilles tendon will seldom heal on its own.

Dr. Reminga also touches on the types of ski boots that are most beneficial to skiers with some interesting tips and recommendations. If you love to ski, Dr. Reminga’s Series for Skiers will be timely and helpful as you head out on the slopes.

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.

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