The Bauer’s Bump in Ice Hockey Skates

There one thing that lots of ice hockey athletes complain regarding which is a thing that has become known as the Bauer Bump. Bauer are one of the leading brands of ice hockey skates, therefore the condition is called after them, even though the problem may happen in every make of ice hockey skate. The problem is usually exactly what is recognized as Haglund’s deformity or possibly a retrocalcaneal bursitis. In addition, it may get called the pump bump. This is where there is an swelling on the calcaneus bone behind that any hard footwear just like an ice hockey skate is going to irritate and trigger an inflammatory reaction of the bursa there. It is not something that is exclusive in ice hockey and Haglund’s problems could happen to anybody in any shoes if the shoes irritates an swelling at the back of the calcaneus bone.

Typically, the enlargement is visible at the rear of the heel bone and it is clear to understand just how any boot or footwear will almost certainly inflame this enlargement. Any continuing irritation will inflame a bursa that is above the calcaneus at the back of the heel and it will become red and enlarged from this. That inflammation can sometimes become so painful that anti-inflammatory prescription drugs may be required to relieve the pain and the inflammation.

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Where did the toning shoes go?

They did not go anywhere, they are just not a prominent today as they once were.

The toning shoes (or more likely called the unstable footwear today) were that category of footwear that made extraordinary promises that were not and have not been supported by the evidence. The shoes tend to have a rocker under the sole that makes them unstable. Because of this instability, the muscles work harder and the gait is different. It was claimed that this could cure cellulite (it can’t) and increases your exercise to give you a tone up (again unsubstantiated by the actual evidence). All this resulted in litigation and fines from regulatory agencies for false advertising.

All that did not mean that the category of footwear did not have some use. The very nature of toning shoes is that they have some sort of rocker on the sole which can be quite useful for people with osteoarthritis in the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The change is gait reportedly help some people with postural and low back problems, and can also make worse some people, so some trial and error was needed to see if they can help. More research needs to be done to see who they can best help and what the indications may be.

Do not write the toning shoes off just because of the litigation and embarrassing celebratory endorsements they used to have. They do have their uses.