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Get ready to wow your friends with these fun rollerblading facts at your next social event. Did you know that the invention of the in-line skate has been attributed to a Dutch man from the eighteenth century? Although his name is not known, it is said that he used spools attached to his shoes to mimic his favorite pastime of ice skating. Later in that century, Joseph Merlin, a Belgian man, created a similar design. However, he faced some difficulty due to lack of brakes when he attended a gathering of friends—you might say he was the first party crasher.
If you’ve spent time blading on local paths, you know that it can be a great cardio workout. The lower extremities are challenged, but even the body’s core works hard to maintain balance and speed. If you’ve dusted off your skates for the summer months, there are a few things to remember to keep the feet healthy while you enjoy this fun, family activity.
Just like shoes, rollerblades should fit your feet well. If your toes hit the ends, you are likely to develop painful ingrown toenails. Blisters and corns can result from friction when skates are too tight. Always wear socks since fungi breed in dark, damp places. The plastic build of most skates prevents air flow around the feet, so be sure to let your skates dry between outings to prevent fungal infections. Finally, the ankles are supported by the high-top nature of rollerblades, so make sure that your straps are properly tightened. If you twist your ankle while skating, remove your skate and call the office of Dr. Marco Vargas for a full assessment of your injury. Don’t forget your helmet!
Enjoy your favorite summer activities without the interference of foot pain—call one of our three convenient Texas locations today. Whether you’re in Houston, Sugar Land, Missouri City, or the surrounding areas—we’ve got your foot health covered! Dr. Marco Vargas and his staff provide excellence in podiatric care. Schedule an appointment today!
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