Cross Country Skiing: Winter Olympics Contest Day #4
Posted Feb 15 2010 12:50pm
Cross country skiing is the Winter Olympics equivalent of track. With different distances and uneven terrainand of course long flat devices attached to the feetthe biomechanics is different from the running gait. Where in runningwe strive to minimize the amount of time the foot is in contact with the groundas we’re faster in the aircross country skiers look for a fast glide.
Because of the extra weightbearing and the increased amount of contact with the groundwe see overuse injuries most predominantly occur with cross country skiing. Plantar fasciitisAchilles tendonitisand shin splints are the most common. Againlike runningheel pain has to be dealt with both in the summer running season and the winter cross country season!
Of course the presentation of heel pain from cross country skiing is the same as in runningtypically a sharpstabbing pain in the back or bottom of the heelmost commonly occurring first thing in the morning.
One of the most popular items in our Houston office is today’s prize for the Winter Olympics contest. The TheraBand Foot Roller is used to provide temporary relief from pain associated with plantar fasciitisheel spurs and tired feet. Patients with plantar fasiciitis can use the roller as a device to stretch the plantar fascia and increase flexibility. Those experiencing soreness from tired feet will find the massaging benefits of the roller pleasant and therapeutic. In all applicationsthe Foot Roller can be chilled or frozen to help reduce inflammation.