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The popularity of skiing is currently booming. It is estimated that there are as many as 15 million skiers in Japan. However, the increased popularity of skiing creates orthopedic problems. Pressure on the foot created by ill-fitting boots is a very common problem. A recent complication is boot compression anteriorly at the ankle causing neuritis of the deep peroneal nerve and tenosynovitis of the extensor tendon. Compression on the extensor tendons and nerves between the boot tongue and bone result in synovitis and neuritis. Three patients suffering a compression syndrome were treated conservatively and one with a tarsal tunnel syndrome causd by ski boot pressure eventually required surgery. The syndrome, its causes, and treatment are described.
skiing, athletic injuries, neuritis, compression syndrome
Orthopaedic surgeon, The Jekei University, School of Medicine, Tokyo,
President, Katayama Memorial Hospital, Tokyo,