With the start of the 2013 NHL season less than two weeks away the time has come to break out the skates and helmets and get back on the ice. The last few years have seen an increase in knowledge and recognition surrounding head injuries. However are you aware of the other major injuries that can occur in our most popular winter sport?
Calluses are a thickened area of skin that develops in response to friction, pressure or irritation over a long period of time. Callus formation on the bottom of your feet can tell a Certified Pedorthist a lot about your foot type and the way you walk. Callusing on the top or sides of the foot can tell us about how your shoe fits.
A Plantar Wart is a wart on plantar (bottom) aspect of your foot or toe. The wart is caused by the human papillomavirus. They can be big or small, painful or not. The virus enters through a tiny cut or compromised area of the skin. The virus may be there for several weeks or months before it becomes visible to the unlucky person. Due to the location of the wart, the wart is pushed inward due to the constant pressure of the foot striking the ground surface, which causes a layer of hard skin to form over and around the lesion. It may look like a tiny cauliflower with tiny black dots. At this time the plantar wart can become painful if left untreated.
Are your feet fully prepared for the stress they undergo during cycling? In comparison to other activities cycling is relatively non-weightbearing. However, the repetitive motion over many miles combined with poor biomechanics can sometimes lead to injury.