Ice hockey is well known as one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous sports. Not only are players skating at high speeds around the rink in the chase of a puck, but they are also checking into each other which is very similar to that of a football tackle on ice. Because of the fast-paced game and constant contact, it is easy for any player to skate off the ice with a foot or ankle injury. As we watch the Stanley Cup playoffs and root for our favorite players, keep in mind some of the most common hockey injuries before you get out and give it a shot yourself.
What Makes It Dangerous
In general, there are two types of injuries a hockey player can experience. The first is a high-speed injury caused by a smaller mass object. This can cause cuts, bruises, and concussions. It can also cause stress fractures. The second type of injury that is common is a low speed, high mass injury. This injury can be from a collision with the boards or a person. These collisions tend to cause sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle.
Ankle sprains are a common occurrence in hockey. This is usually due to collisions with others and the boards. These collisions can cause a hockey player to lose balance and roll their ankle within their skate. Sometimes their padding can help to prevent this type of sprain but other times players are not so lucky. Th we sprain cause pain immediately and this pain is usually found in the deltoid ligament. A podiatrist will take an x-ray to confirm the sprain and then take appropriate measures to help the sprain such as immobilization, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.
The skate bite is another common ankle injury that occurs in hockey players. This injury is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that crosses over the sheath of the foot. Skate bites are caused due to excessive pressure from skate laces. When you lace your skates, you usually keep them tight up at the top by the ankle. This helps to prevent rolling of the ankle and ankle injury. Unfortunately, the tightness can cause skate bite. Players will feel aching of their foot when they skate. After playing, they will see swelling and be in more pain. This condition can be managed with added cushioning in the skate as well as regular checkups with your podiatrist.
Playing hockey is a great way to get and stay in shape as well as partake in a team-building environment. If you are injured while playing hockey, be sure to contact your podiatrist right away. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.