Cross Country Skiing: Winter Olympics Contest Day #4

Cross country skiing is the Winter Olympics equivalent of track.  With different distances and uneven terrain, and of course long flat devices attached to the feet, the biomechanics is different from the running gait.  Where in running, we strive to minimize the amount of time the foot is in contact with the ground, as we're faster in the air, cross country skiers look for a fast glide.

Because of the extra weightbearing and the increased amount of contact with the ground, we see overuse injuries most predominantly occur with cross country skiing.  Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and shin splints are the most common.  Again, like running, heel 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 running, typically a sharp, stabbing pain in the back or bottom of the heel, most 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 fasciitis, heel 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 applications, the Foot Roller can be chilled or frozen to help reduce inflammation. 
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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