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Skin injuries: bane of the sporting life.

Skin injuries: Bane of the sporting life

In French it's known as "talon noir." In English it's called "black heel." This black-and-blue skin discoloration afflicting joggers is just one of many skin conditions that can plague sports enthusiasts, reports Rodney S. Basler at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Black heel is caused by the shearing friction of the runner's shoe. It is harmless and goes away when the running stops. The condition also shows up in golfers as "black palm," Basler says.

For riders of that next big wave, a condition called "surfer's nodule" is common. Basler says the bumps, which appear on the foot and are regarded as a badge of distinction among serious surfers, result from long hourse spent in contact with a surfboard.

Tennis buffs may develop "tennis toe," a painful condition caused when the toes are abruptly jammed into the end of the shoe. Skiers and joggers also may get this injury. Basler's prescription: Shoes with enough room to wriggle your toes.
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Author:Fackelmann, Kathy A.
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Date:Dec 17, 1988
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