Common Foot Injuries Among Skaters

The risk of injury should not be underestimated because nearly any part of the foot could be injured. There are four basic types of injuries that may happen to skaters’ feet:

The most common type is an acute injury, which occurs suddenly and usually results in bleeding, bruising, or even broken bones. More often than not these injuries are minor and will heal on their own.

Then there is a stress fracture, which may happen to the bones in the feet due to repetitive pressure. This type of injury can also cause pain and swelling, but it is less serious than an acute injury because it will usually not result in bleeding or broken bones. However, a stress fracture can result in long-term damage if it is not treated immediately.

One of the most severe types of foot injuries is called tendinitis. This happens when there has been inflammation in the tendon, which can be caused by overuse or repetitive strain. Tendinitis results in pain and swelling that will require immediate medical treatment to ensure proper healing.

If an injury does not heal properly, there is always the risk of developing a condition called arthritis. This may be caused by many years of wear and tear on the bones or it can be an acute injury that is not treated immediately. Arthritis will show up as swelling and pain in the affected joint.

If you suffer from any type of foot injury, whether it be acute or chronic, it is very important that you let someone who knows how to properly treat you take care of the problem.

If you find that your foot pain is still not improving and it feels like there might be a fracture (sharp, shooting pain; numbness; swelling; bleeding), go to the emergency room. Your doctor will take x-rays unless the injury is small enough to treat with ice, rest, and elevation (leg up on a chair).

 If your boots are poorly fitted, they can cause aches and pains in other areas of your foot or below the ankle. This article discusses some common boot-related injuries that skaters experience.

If you have high arches or flat feet, get custom orthotics. If you have low arches, get insoles that fit your skates’ soles.

Poorly Fitted Boots

Ill-fitting boots make it harder to control your ankles and feet, which can lead to injury. If you have high arches or flat feet, get custom orthotics; if you have low arches, try insoles that fit your skates’ soles.

-One of the most common boot-related problems that inline skaters experience is metatarsal pain. This may happen from wearing boots that are too tight, allowing toes to jam against the front of the boot as you land from jumps or stop quickly. If there is not enough room for your foot to move up and down inside a rigid boot, this could cause a metatarsal stress fracture.

wide forefoot

-If you have a wide forefoot, but your boots are too narrow, you may develop a neuroma between the third and fourth toes. For skaters with narrow feet, tight boots can cause pain between the first and second toes – not from a fracture – but from nerve entrapment (neuroma).

Too short boots

– Pain on the top of your foot near the ankle, is another boot-related problem that skaters might experience. This can happen if you tie laces too tightly or tuck them under too far. If your boots are too short, they may not allow you enough room to tuck in your laces or tighten them correctly, causing pain on the top of your foot.

Too loose boots

-If boots are too loose, you may develop blisters on your heel or between your toes – especially if you wear thin socks. Your ankle bones could be bruised and tender if the boot is not supportive enough. If the boot does not hold your foot securely (for example, if it has a poor heel counter or no heel counter), this can lead to ankle sprains (and even fractures) because your foot can slip out of the boot when you land from jumps.

Too long boots

-If boots are too long, blisters or calluses may develop on the back or heels of your feet; this is more likely if you use skate guards that increase the distance between your boot and plate.

Follow these tips to protect the ankles and feet:

Insoles — Insoles, which are typically made from a cushion-like material including cork, latex, or polyurethane foam and can be purchased at drugstores and athletic shops. Arch supports (also known as orthotics) may be inserted into skates either by replacing the standard insoles that come with the skates or by inserting orthoses into special pockets included with specially designed insole replacements.

Boots — For roller derby, boots should be stiff to provide support for the ankles when making quick stops and starts. Boots should also have a little give so that skaters can wiggle their toes at the start of the game. Boots should cover both ankles completely, from the arch to the heel.

Laces — Laces should not be too short or they could cause blisters on the tops of skaters’ feet, and they should also provide some give so that you can tighten and loosen them throughout a game or practice session.

Buckles — Buckles should be secure and easy to fasten and unfasten. Some higher-end skates include speed lacing systems that allow skaters to tighten their boots quickly and easily, but if they malfunction or break, you might have to wait until the end of the game for them to be repaired. If no one on your league knows how to fix your laces, contact your skate supplier or the manufacturer.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Skateboarding Injuries

Injections — Injections have been shown to be a highly effective method of relief from the pain associated with inflammation and soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis.

Electrical stimulation — Electrical stimulation can reduce S.I. pain while increasing blood flow in the area being treated. This helps speed up the healing process and decrease pain during activity.

Surgery — Surgery to repair a ligament tear will be scheduled and can usually be done within 1 to 2 weeks. Patients will return home the same day or following morning, and full recovery time is 2-4 months.

Physical Therapy — Physical therapy will typically start within several days after surgery and consist of strengthening exercises; however, this type of treatment is not necessary for every patient.

The best way to prevent skateboarding injuries is to avoid falls by learning how to balance your weight, learning how to fall safely, and not putting too much pressure on any one part of your body. However, many injuries are treated with the same methods as above.

Conclusion:

If you suffer from any type of foot injury, whether it be acute or chronic, it is very important that you let someone who knows how to properly treat you take care of the problem.

If you find that your foot pain is still not improving and it feels like there might be a fracture (sharp, shooting pain; numbness; swelling; bleeding), go to the emergency room. Your doctor will take x-rays unless the injury is small enough to treat with ice, rest, and elevation (leg up on a chair).


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Hi everyone, I am Ashley, live in Sheffield, England. I'm a Boardsports enthusiast and I've been skateboarding streets since my childhood. As to this site, the goal is to help beginner riders find their perfect equipment so they can have an enjoyable experience on whatever type of board best suits them- whether it be downhill riding or long boarding! Everything written here should be taken as opinion only because everyone's preferences are different, but at least now there will always seem less confusion when looking for gear online.

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