Figure Skater’s Feet in the Air

Feet in the Air Sports skating Adelina-Sotnikova in Japan

Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova hangs mid-air during the ladies’ short programme at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating in Tokyo in April 2013.


Soccer Players’ Feet in the Air

Feet in the air Sports soccer Toronto FC

Sporting Kansas City’s C.J Sapong heads the ball past Toronto FC ‘s goalkeeper Joseph Bendik to open the scoring in an MLS soccer game in Toronto on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

College Basketball Cheerleaders’ Feet in the Air

Feet in the air Sports cheerleaders Cincinnati

Cincinnati cheerleaders reach to catch other cheerleaders after tossing them into the air during the second round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Washington on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Harvard won 61-57.

Tennis Champ’s Feet in the Air

Feet in the air Sports tennis Serena Williams 2014

Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki to win their women’s singles final match on day 14 of the 2014 US Open on September 7, 2014 in New York City.

Toe Nail Tales: Ultra-Marathon Runners

Toes toenail removal for extreme runners

Some runners go to extreme lengths for a comfortable run; they have their toenails surgically removed.  While beat-up toenails are marks of distinction for the ultra-marathon runners, toenail injuries are serious business.  Blistering under the nails, bruising, ingrown and lost toe nails effect the gait and cause suffering. Pain and the love of the sport are enough to motivate drastic measures.

Permanent toenail removal is not for the faint-hearted. Runners tend not to watch as they undergo the 45-minute procedure. A podiatrist anesthetizes the tip of the toe, applies a tourniquet at the base to limit bleeding, softens the tissue, trims the nail to its root and then pulls the nail out from its bed. A final swipe of carbolic acid prevents regrowth.

Normal activity, even running, can be resumed within days of the removal, although it takes weeks to fully heal. Repeat procedures may be necessary before the toenail stops growing back completely.


David Beckham’s Foot Injury

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“When David Beckham broke a bone in his left foot before the 2002 World Cup, Tony Blair, then the British prime minister, interrupted a cabinet meeting to express his concern about England’s suddenly uncertain chances.

[British] tabloid newspapers ran photos of Beckham’s injured foot on Page 1, and asked readers to lay their hands on the picture in an attempt at mass civic healing.”

Quoting: Jere Longman and Sam Borden   “Never the greatest player but an unsurpassed cultural phenomenon.” (First posted May 18, 2013 Updated: May 27, 2013)

Springing into Action – Feet in the Air


In this 2011 photo released by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), elite female athletes dive into the Schwarzsee Lake for the start of their world championship swim.

The Dextro Energy Triathlon took place in Kitzbuhel, Austria. (AP Photo/ITU, Delly Carr)