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Winter means hockey. The best way to stay on the pitch and win, is to remain injury free. Prevention is way better than treatment. Here is a great tip to keep you on the pitch
The role good quality footwear cannot be understated. However, sometimes, good boots are just not enough. Performance and injury prevention are often dependent on controlling your foot biomechanics inside the boots. Custom foot orthotics, prescribed by Dr Cherye Roche, uniquely for your feet, using the GaitScan System®, and designed specifically to fit inside your hockey boots, can have a significant impact on your game performance, and reduce your risk of injury?
When buying school shoes, parents should choose:
The right time of day to buy shoes. Feet spread and swell during the day, so the afternoon is the best time of day to go shopping.
The right fitting shoes. Make sure your child’s foot is fully extended (no toe-scrunching) and measure while your child is standing. Allow ½ inch between your child’s longest toe and the edge of the shoe, and make sure your shoes aren’t too tight or too loose, as both cause problems.
A shoe with a non-slip or patterned sole to minimize the risk of slipping. Soles should be flexible but durable and thick enough to prevent injury.
In the last issue, I looked at the basic anatomical and biomechanical dysfunctions that often lead to overuse injuries in the joints and specifically at the role of faulty foot mechanics (PP 205, November 2004). The current article goes on to consider a range of treatment regimes for chronic sports injuries, including orthotic therapy and prevention.
The focus here is on chronic, recurrent injuries that are a result of repetitive micro-traumatic overuse syndromes, including shin splints, foot arch pain, runner’s knee, jumpers knee, ilio-tibial band syndrome, sacro-iliac joint dysfunctions, and chronic low back pain. Such overuse injuries are commonly caused by underlying biomechanical weaknesses in the involved joints. These weaknesses, in turn, can be caused by such previous severe macro-trauma as fractures or severe ligament sprains. However, the emphasis here is on the biomechanical role of the foot in absorbing shock at impact, and facilitating propulsion at push-off during the gait cycle.
Understanding human biomechanics is the essential to successfully treating musculoskeletal injuries. Abnormal foot structure and/or function is often the source of overuse musculoskeletal injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, sciatica, low back pain and scoliosis.