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Of all the sports now-a-days, horse racing, in my opinion, is the last that comes to my mind when one is talking about injuries. It’s just rare, for example, to hear about the winningest jockey, Russell Baze to be out for the season due to a hip or foot injury. While this is not true, it is still common that jockeys get injured...and to quite an extent. Some often require hip surgery due to the repetitive standing in the stirrups while whipping the horse down the backstretch. With that said, foot position in the stirrups has caused some debate in the horse racing world. A topic that has recently gained some attention is whether it’s safer to have just the ball of the foot in the stirrups or to have your weight supported by the arch of the foot?

It has been proclaimed that the manufacturing of the stirrup has two flaws. One being the size of the stirrup. If it is too large for the rider, the foot has an increased chance of slipping through causing the jockey’s foot to be wedged in. This is extremely dangerous in that if the rider falls he/she will be trapped and potentially dragged by the horse. Second, the stirrup in general affects the health of the human foot. It’s said that at times, the entire weight of the human body is held up by the stirrup. Subsequently, this can cause a lot of strain to be applied to the lateral side of the foot; more precisely to the base of your fifth toe which is the site where two tendons attach to. Enough strain to this particular area increases the rider’s chances of getting stress fractures or even avulsion fractures. If you ride horses and if this happens to you, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

From basketball and lacrosse to horse racing and polo, there are injuries in every single sport being played today. Although it may be uncommon to hear about them, it’s still very important that all injuries are addressed the same no matter the sport. So, with the Triple Crown wrapping up in Elmont, New York this week on June 7th, if you’re in the area, try and stop by Belmont Park and place a bet...who knows, it just might be your lucky day!

 By Nrupa Shah