Slow Down and Avoid Multitasking: You Might Avoid an Orthopedic Injury
SIOUX FALLS (Aug. 2, 2013) - You’ve probably been there – trying to finish one more chore before calling it a day. It might be cleaning out the gutters, washing windows, or residing your house. It’s almost dark, so you speed up and try to save time.
But the time saved could mean an injury. Dr. Gregory Alvine, an orthopedic surgeon at CORE Orthopedics Avera Medical Group, says this type of scenario can lead to injury. “Seems like when people are in a hurry they get in more accidents,” Dr. Alvine said. “The one thing that people can do to prevent injuries is slow down.”
Dr. Alvine says acting too quickly causes you to forget the little things, like removing grass clumps from the lawnmower without turning it off.
Multitasking is another risk factor for injury.
“The reason you text and drive, or you text and walk, is because you’re trying to do too many things at once,” Dr. Alvine said. “Accidents happen when you just don’t stop and take care of what you’re doing.”
People on both ends of the fitness spectrum are at risk for injury, according to Dr. Alvine. Those who don’t exercise enough can become injured because they set their foot down awkwardly while walking. Those who participate in extreme athletic contests also put themselves at risk.
“Athletic people push themselves so hard that they have injuries as well,” he said. “People that are doing mud runner races in Colorado and climbing over rock cliffs get hurt, too.”
For those who are looking to get fit, Dr. Alvine has advice to prevent injury. “Increase your fitness routine slowly to adapt and train. You don’t want to just take off and go sprinting.”
If you get injured, the old advice still holds true. “Rest, ice elevation, and compression are the treatment modalities for most minor injuries,” Dr. Alvine said.
If an injury isn’t getting better, it might be time to see a physician. Injuries can happen anytime, which is a benefit of the CORE On Demand walk-in clinic.
“It offers after-hours orthopedic care so that people who are working in the day can get in, in a timely fashion, to have an injury evaluated,” Dr. Alvine said.
But if we all slow down this summer, and every season for that matter, we may avoid pain and injury. After all, the extra chore can wait.
Can wearing high heels lead to injury?
High heels. Women love to hate them, but no other type of shoe can lengthen a leg better than a 4-inch stiletto. But can wearing them lead to injury? We asked Dr. Greg Alvine, foot and ankle specialist at Core Orthopedic Medical Group, for the skinny on tall heels.
Do you see women with injuries because of high heels?
The biggest trouble with ladies’ footwear is the bunion and claw toe that develops with time. I think we’re seeing less of that than we did 15 years ago because more women are aware that cramming their foot into a narrow triangle shoe will eventually at least contribute to bunion deformities where their toes get crowded together.
Is there a height of shoe that just gets to be ridiculous?
No, I don’t think so. But anything that elevates your heel when you walk is going to load your forefoot. The higher your heel, the more trouble you’re going to have in your forefoot.