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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 22, 2018
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Injury   heel   cold   overuse  

Curling has become more and more mainstream now that the Olympics are in full swing. The sport involves sliding granite stones down an ice rink to try to get them into the bullseye. A teammate uses a broom to sweep the ice in front of the stone to help it go a greater distance, helping help earn the points they need to win the game. Curling is not done on ice skates though - it is done in a pair of curling shoes. Many people wonder what makes them different from regular shoes and how do you choose them?

When buying a curling shoe, curlers should look for an upper that provides both comfort and warmth. Like with any athletic shoe, it is important to find the right fit, as each shoe fits differently from person to person. Another factor to consider is the amount of insulation a pair of shoes has because ice games can cause cold feet. The ideal upper material of a curling shoe is leather. The best insulation material is a technology called Thinsulate.

What's A Slider?

The slider is what makes the curling shoe unique from other athletic shoes. While the upper is the same on both shoes, the sole on each shoe is different. The slider is most commonly made of Teflon and is designed to slide during the thrower's conveyance. When choosing a slider there are two key elements to look for:

  1. Thickness
  2. Configuration

The thicker a slider is, the faster and more slippery it will be. Sliders tend to range from 1/32" to 1/4" thick. If you are a beginner, it is smart to opt for a 3/32" thick slider.

Next, you want to look for configuration. A flat slider may cause you to get what curlers call the "wobblies," so it’s important to get a slider with a round portion underneath the ball of your foot and the heel.

What's a Gripper?

The sole of the opposite shoe is equipped with a rubber gripper that acts as a way for a curler to gain traction. In order to prevent drag on the gripper foot, some curlers use something called "toe coating" that results in a more efficient slide at optimal moments in the game.

If you are a curler, getting the right shoes can help prevent serious overuse injuries. If you are learning the hard way and have now suffered a foot or ankle injury while curling, 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. Your feet are our top priority.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   pronation   Morton Neuroma   heel  

When we are babies and just learning how to walk, it isn’t uncommon to find ourselves with our feet and legs pointed inward or outward at a funny angle. Eventually, as time and practice occurs, along with the strengthening of the muscles, this rotation is gradually lost and we typically walk with straight legs and feet.  Some people are not so lucky though. Their feet and legs are considered pronated or rotated outward away from the body.

Foot pronation can be serious and is very important to correct early on if possible. Although not all pronation is caught at an early stage, there are still ways to improve the effects that it has on the body and your health.

Signs of Pronation

  • The heel is turned out and away from the center of the body
  • The forefoot is shifted outward from the heel
  • The inner ankle is bulging
  • The legs are turned inward

Sometimes people with pronated feet also have flat feet. Not all pronated feet are flat and not all flat feet are pronated. Sometimes the two are paired and other times they are not. Pronation that is severe can cause major issues for the body and everyday life.

Short Term Effects:

  • Alter the alignment of the pelvis, feet, ankle and back
  • Causes tired feet
  • Strains the feet
  • Causes abnormal motion in the joints

Long Term Effects:

Pronated feet are a deformity, that left untreated can become more severe. This type of disorder should be evaluated by a podiatrist right away. Corrective surgery and orthotics can be used to aid a person suffering from the disorder to find comfort and live a normal lifestyle.

Do you think your feet are suffering from pronation? Do your legs point away from the center of your body? Does your hips and feet ache after a day of regular activity? It’s time to call Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will examine your feet, ankles, and gait and determine whether you have over pronation. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t hesitate to get your feet healthy again.