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News on Knees

As an emergency department physician, I’m more useful in diagnosing acute knee injuries than discussing chronic knee pain with friends and strangers at après ski, so I chatted about various treatment options of osteoarthritis (OA) with an expert, director of sports medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mark Leung. OA is the result of … More »

Ready to Travel?

In general, those who participate in snowsports are inherently bigger risk takers than the average public, but a new risk many of us are now weighing is how safe will international travel be next winter? I have no COVID crystal ball, but I was confident enough to book my son and myself onto January’s Ski … More »

Speed and Consequences

When many Canadians were in full lockdown in early spring, I eerily recall being one of few drivers on downtown Toronto empty streets. As an essential worker, I had to show up to work in the ED, no matter what. The wide-open city gave people the opportunity to drive much faster and more aggressively than … More »

Leave Your Keto Diet at Home

Dr. John’s E.R. Although low-carbohydrate/ketogenic and intermittent-fasting diets are popular as a weight-loss method, especially with the Hollywood set, the available science indicates that these diets may impair ski performance and recovery. A 2010 study of competitors in a two-day ski mountaineering competition showed that the best performances correlated with higher complex-carbohydrate (slow-burning) intake along … More »

Sleeping at Altitude

How to Handle Elevation No matter how much dryland training I do before my ski trips to the Alps or U.S. West, I’m invariably exhausted during my first few days. It can’t be just the jet lag since I don’t have similar problems when I visit the U.K. Likewise, much to the surprise of my … More »

Doctor On Board

Ski Canada’s John Foote MD spent a day in the rescue helicopter with the Air Zermatt crew I’ve seen you on TV!” an American accent blurted out as I, now red-faced, passed a group of curious onlookers. I’d just exited the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter that had landed dramatically near a gondola’s exit station. Although … More »

Your Burning Questions – Dr. John’s E.R.

On the chairlift, at après-ski or sometimes through the magazine, I’m often asked medical questions beyond what I typically attend to in a big-city E.R. Here are a few that have surfaced more than once. Why does my friend Errol fart so much when he skis? Increased flatus at higher elevations is a phenomenon called … More »

See & Ski – Dr. John’s E.R.

Most skiers are familiar with the damage that ultraviolet-ray exposure can do to skin, such as painful sunburn, wrinkles and cancer, but many of us are unaware of the significant risks that skiing can pose to unprotected eyes. UV radiation is not part of the visible spectrum, and for our purposes can be divided into … More »

Foote on Feet

Ask any skier who spends more than 40 days a year on snow if he or she has any funny-looking foot bumps. Chances are good they’ll have grape-sized bumps on the back of their heels, a tender swelling on the top of the foot or a protrusion on the side of their foot. These areas … More »

Ski More, Live Longer

The longest average life expectancy in the U.S., at 87 years of age, can be found in Colorado ski country. Counties in other parts of the country have averages as low as 66 years. Could skiing be the magic elixir? While we can’t draw a direct line between skiing and a longer life, there is … More »

News on Knees

As an emergency department physician, I’m more useful in diagnosing acute knee injuries than discussing chronic knee pain with friends and strangers at après ski, so I chatted about various treatment options of osteoarthritis (OA) with an expert, director of sports medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mark Leung. OA is the result of … More »

Ready to Travel?

In general, those who participate in snowsports are inherently bigger risk takers than the average public, but a new risk many of us are now weighing is how safe will international travel be next winter? I have no COVID crystal ball, but I was confident enough to book my son and myself onto January’s Ski … More »

Speed and Consequences

When many Canadians were in full lockdown in early spring, I eerily recall being one of few drivers on downtown Toronto empty streets. As an essential worker, I had to show up to work in the ED, no matter what. The wide-open city gave people the opportunity to drive much faster and more aggressively than … More »

Leave Your Keto Diet at Home

Dr. John’s E.R. Although low-carbohydrate/ketogenic and intermittent-fasting diets are popular as a weight-loss method, especially with the Hollywood set, the available science indicates that these diets may impair ski performance and recovery. A 2010 study of competitors in a two-day ski mountaineering competition showed that the best performances correlated with higher complex-carbohydrate (slow-burning) intake along … More »

Sleeping at Altitude

How to Handle Elevation No matter how much dryland training I do before my ski trips to the Alps or U.S. West, I’m invariably exhausted during my first few days. It can’t be just the jet lag since I don’t have similar problems when I visit the U.K. Likewise, much to the surprise of my … More »

Doctor On Board

Ski Canada’s John Foote MD spent a day in the rescue helicopter with the Air Zermatt crew I’ve seen you on TV!” an American accent blurted out as I, now red-faced, passed a group of curious onlookers. I’d just exited the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter that had landed dramatically near a gondola’s exit station. Although … More »

Your Burning Questions – Dr. John’s E.R.

On the chairlift, at après-ski or sometimes through the magazine, I’m often asked medical questions beyond what I typically attend to in a big-city E.R. Here are a few that have surfaced more than once. Why does my friend Errol fart so much when he skis? Increased flatus at higher elevations is a phenomenon called … More »

See & Ski – Dr. John’s E.R.

Most skiers are familiar with the damage that ultraviolet-ray exposure can do to skin, such as painful sunburn, wrinkles and cancer, but many of us are unaware of the significant risks that skiing can pose to unprotected eyes. UV radiation is not part of the visible spectrum, and for our purposes can be divided into … More »

Foote on Feet

Ask any skier who spends more than 40 days a year on snow if he or she has any funny-looking foot bumps. Chances are good they’ll have grape-sized bumps on the back of their heels, a tender swelling on the top of the foot or a protrusion on the side of their foot. These areas … More »

Ski More, Live Longer

The longest average life expectancy in the U.S., at 87 years of age, can be found in Colorado ski country. Counties in other parts of the country have averages as low as 66 years. Could skiing be the magic elixir? While we can’t draw a direct line between skiing and a longer life, there is … More »

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