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How to prevent foot injuries ruining your skiing holiday


Skiing is a fun but complex sport which relies on pronation to control the inside edge of the ski (Pronation is the natural movement of the foot – as you put it down it rolls inwards). 

Most common complaints experienced by skiers are pain in the arches, which is often found in individuals who have ‘flat feet’ and more flexible foot types. Badly fitting boots or lack of support inside of the ski boot are the main cause of foot pain, according to Amir Saipoor, Podiatrist at PODOGO, London.

He explains that the foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. These make the foot a complex structure allowing the endurance of high amounts of stress from high impact activity. The foot therefore plays a vital role in skiing.

The most common foot injuries are soft tissue injuries where ligaments and tendons are stretched beyond their normal range of motion and become damaged.  Ligaments connect bones together and once torn or stretched, the relevant joint will usually have increased range of motion.

Treatment for the skier’s foot pain is focused on three approaches:

  1. Strengthening of the intrinsic muscles of the foot
  2. Support and the use of a stabilizing orthotic device to reduce further stress on the foot
  3. Ensuring proper boot fit via a professional without any pressure points on the foot

To avoid injury or if you have previously suffered foot pain when skiing,  it is best to see a qualified and experienced podiatrist who can assess your range of motion and foot type.

A good skiing position relies on correct boot fitting and sufficient biomechanical movements of the lower limb, particularly pronation and supination of the foot.  You may benefit from a custom pair of skiing orthotics, special inserts for ski boots that support your feet.

PODOGO – The leading Foot and Ankle Specialist Clinic, 27 Harley Street, London.

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