Ice skating may lead to bunions

It's a favorite winter pastime, but it could exacerbate foot conditions. 

Ice skating may lead to bunions Skating rinks and frozen ponds abound in the winter, as people brave the cold to participate in the classic winter activity that is ice skating. However, there may be a hidden danger in this sport, and it's not just thin ice.

We're talking about bunions. The red, calloused, bony deformity that develops at the joint of the big toe, leads to impaired mobility, improper landing mechanics and decreased performance on the ice.

The U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) reports that an estimated 57 percent of figure skaters have bunions. This is in comparison to the approximate 28 percent prevalence among the general population, a number which has been reported by the University of Nottingham. 

In order to prevent bunions and other foot conditions, the USFSA recommends choosing skates with high-quality boots, as even minor defects may worsen foot issues.

Figure skaters and wannabes may also want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics, which can reduce the appearance of bunions or hammer toe without bunion surgery.

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