Figure Skating and Your Feet
Figure skating is a great sport that is both beautiful and competitive. Hours and hours of practice go into perfecting technique and style. During these intense practice sessions your feet and ankles are often taking a beating. Often these skaters end their practice with throbbing feet and ankles. Extreme pain and suffering after ice skating can be prevented so you can get back on the ice again and chase your Olympic goals.
Measure your foot and get fitted by a professional ice skate fitter. Ice skates need to fit snugly, but they should not be tied so tight that you can’t wiggle your toes in them.
Heat mold your ice skates by a rink professional to soften the hard leather. Heat molding is when a professional will put your skates into a specially designed oven to warm them. After they are warm, the boots are put on your feet so that they can mold to your foot and get the best fit.
Tights and Light Socks Are Key
Wear light socks or skating tights in your skates. If you wear heavy socks, your boot won’t fit properly and may be too tight, causing foot pain. Heavy socks could also cause your foot to sweat, which could cause blistering. Don’t skip out on socks because they seem hard to choose. Without thin socks, you can get painful corns and blisters.
Lace Those Skates
Lace your skates tight enough so that they fit is snug, but not painfully tight. Lacing boots too tightly can cause lace bite, a condition that causes sharp foot pain due to compressed tendons.
Mount Your Blade Properly
Make sure the blade is mounted the right way for your foot and that you are skating on the correct level of the blade for your ability. Blades must fit the skate properly and be placed on the skate correctly or they can cause podiatry problems and pain.
Ice skating is a great sport that can also be very dangerous. If you injure yourself while skating, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Some injuries can mean the end of your skating career if not treated immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Make your feet our top priority.