Winter Olympics Shaped by Ankle Injuries


Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.

For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.

Olympian Shaun White rehabbing his sprained ankleAs we gear up to watch the much-anticipated 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, starting February 7, many country’s teams are changing their game plan due to foot and ankle injuries.

Snowboarder Shaun White, a two-time gold-medal winner for the U.S. in previous Olympics, had a hard time making the 2014 team because he had an ankle injury. Then, after qualifying, he sprained his left ankle during recent qualifying runs for the Slopestyle competition. He is still planning on participating in the Olympics, but he had to withdraw from the X Games because of the sprain.

Around the same time as White got hurt, Wang Meng, the Chinese Olympic speed skating champ, broke her right ankle. Meng got hurt when she collided with a teammate during training; her injury requires surgical repair and will force her to withdraw from the games.

Meanwhile, Kim Yu-Na, the reigning gold medal figure skating champ, only recently decided that she would be able to compete at Sochi. Yu-Na, who is the first South Korean woman to ever win an Olympic gold medal, suffered an injury to the metatarsal bone in her foot during training in the fall. That injury kept her off the ice for six weeks and, until recently, put her Olympic dreams in peril.

At this point, you may be saying to yourself—so what? Well, even though not too many of us are chasing Olympic dreams, a lot of you will be enjoying the same winter sports—skiing, snowboarding and skating—as the Olympic hopefuls I’ve just told you about.

As your Houston podiatrist, I’m sharing this information with you to make sure you take care when enjoying these potentially dangerous pastimes. I also invite you to see me at Tanglewood Foot Specialists for any winter sports injury you may incur. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Connect with me
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
Be the first to comment!
Post a Comment