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GREENVILLE, Pa - Olympic athletes make their sport look so easy.

"I think a lot of people see that on TV and with all the slow motion and high definition people think, 'Oh, I could do that.  You know, it's not that difficult'," said Dr. Craig Beaudis with Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

However, once some beginners give it a try they quickly learn it really can be that difficult, leaving them more likely to suffer from sprains, strains and fractures.

"Most of the younger folks you are going to look more of the sprains.  As we obviously age the bones do get a little weaker and we are more apt to have a possible fracture occur, but at the same time depending on the activity if you are moving at high rates of speed or you are in an event like hockey and someone hits your from the side you might be more prone to a fracture," said Dr. Beaudis.

To stay on your feet and to avoid injury, Dr. Beaudis says it's best to make sure your skate or boot is snug.

"Most people when they wear normal shoes they want something comfortable to loose.  When you start into ice skating or even into hockey you want something snug to tight.  For an average skater, they want snug that fits because that skate becomes an extent ion of your foot into your ankle," said Dr. Beaudis.

Not only does that give your foot extra structural support, it also keeps it from slipping around in the skate or boot, reducing the chances for in-grown toe nails, blisters and skin irritations.

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