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By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Runners   Marathons  

How Marathons Affect Your Feet.Find out how marathons impact feet and what you can do to maintain good foot health.

Marathons are a great way to stay active and fit while also enjoying the rush of the competition. For some, marathons are a lifestyle that they just can’t live without. The adrenaline and endorphins from completing another marathon can leave you hungry for more; however, while you’re enjoying the afterglow of yet another completed marathon, it’s important to consider your feet!

While we often don’t think of our feet until there is a problem, it’s important to protect them during marathon training and competitions to ensure that they stay healthy and happy. Let’s learn about the effect marathons can have on your feet, and what you can do to protect them.

Common Foot Problems of Marathon Runners

While marathoners tend to be healthier than the rest of the population, there are some precautions that should be taken to ensure that the athlete staves off the common injuries that can occur over those strenuous miles. 

Do you know just how much a marathon knocks your feet around? On average, a runner will land about 13,000­20,000 times on each foot with their whole weight. That’s certainly a lot of force and pressure that your feet have to deal with. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you experience any of these common issues:

  • Blisters
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Toenail injuries

While these conditions are more common and rarely warrant a trip to your podiatrist’s office, there are some other more serious foot conditions that marathoners need to be aware of:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle strains and sprains

Foot Problem Prevention

The key to preventing marathon­related foot injuries is to always choose the proper shoes. This means finding high­impact shoes that can give you the ample support your foot needs to do its job properly. Go to a sporting goods shoe store, where the employees will have some expertise in which shoes would work best for your athletic needs. Here are some good rules when it comes to your marathon shoes:

  • Never purchase shoes that are too loose or too tight. While you want room for your toes to move around, you don’t want the shoes rubbing against parts of your feet.
  • Opt for orthotics to provide additional support and comfort while pounding the pavement.
  • Always throw out old shoes, as they won’t provide you with the proper support and cushioning you need. While it’s up for debate when you should replace your shoes, most runners tend to toss their old pair after about 300 to 400 miles.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. While some foot pain can easily go away on its own with rest, some conditions are more serious and require your podiatrist’s attention. If your symptoms become severe or don’t go away after a couple days, it’s might be time to schedule an appointment with us.

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
May 02, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Runners   Running   Foot Pain   Exercise  

Runners: Stay in Shape while Protecting Your Feet from Harm 

With summer just around the corner, you may be jumping back into your running routine to get into shape. While running may be beneficial to maintaining your health and remaining in shape, it does not always go easy on your feet.  The consistent pounding of your foot on hard pavement can lead to pain and other foot and ankle complications.  However, by taking proper care of your feet you can ensure the health of your feet while maintaining a healthy, active life style.  By understanding the aches and pains of running, and proper preventive measures, you can better prepare your lower extremities for running and prevent heel pain in New York City.   Protecting Runners Feet

Understanding Your Aches and Pains of Running 

Even with the best preparation, aches and pains may be inevitable as a result of a new running regimen.  If the pain subsides with slow, easy exercise you may continue, but if it gets worse, stop the activity and rest.  If the pain persists, seek attention from Dr. Meisler, our New York City area podiatrist, immediately.
One of the most common running pains is known as runner’s knee, which is all around knee pain commonly caused by excessive rolling in and down of the foot.  Orthotics prescribed by our podiatrist in New York City is the best way to alleviate the problem.  Occasionally, rubber pads in the arch of the show may help as well. 
Another common running pain is shin splints, which are painful and appear at the front and inside of the leg.  Running on hard surfaces causes shin splints, in addition to over striding, muscle imbalance or overuse.  Treatment includes changing your running technique or an insertion of an orthotic device in your shoe. 

Some running tips to remember include: 

  • Start easy and build up your distances slowly
  • Don’t forget to stretch regularly
  • Use sport specific shoes
  • Fit your shoes with the socks that you plan to wear during your running

When to Visit Our New York City Podiatrist

It is important to establish a relationship with your podiatrist when you are a beginning jogger or runner and before starting an exercise program.  Dr. Meisler will examine your feet and identify potential problems, discuss conditioning, prescribe an orthotic device that fits into a running shoe, if needed, and recommend the best style of footwear for your feet.  Frequent runners should visit the podiatrist regularly to check for potential stress on the lower extremities. 
Regardless of your age, you should visit our podiatrist in New York City, NY before starting any exercise routine.  It is important to stay on top of your feet and not cause pain or injury.  Give your feet a break and visit our office for any problems or issues that may arise while running.
By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
June 15, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Runners  

Foot Care for RunnersIf you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body. Luckily, both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by paying extra attention to their feet and taking steps to prevent common foot problems. Poor fitting footwear is often the source of many foot problems caused by running. A visit to Dr. Meisler can help you determine the best shoes for your foot structure.

A Runner's Road Block

While many running-related foot injures can result from a fall or twisted ankle, most running injuries are caused by overuse, meaning the majority of runners experience foot and ankle pain because they do too much for too long. Runners should be aware of the signs of foot problems that can slow them down if not treated promptly. Common foot and ankle injuries experienced by runners include:

Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis and other calf-related injuries are prevalent in runners. Poor training, overuse and improper footwear are the three most common reasons for this condition. A sudden increase in distance or pace can strain the muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle, causing small tears within these structures that result in pain and inflammation. Appropriate shoes and training are the most important steps to preventing Achilles tendonitis. Conservative treatment includes, rest, ice, stretching, and sometimes orthotics or physical therapy.

Heel Pain: Runners develop heel pain more than any other foot-related injury. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, which is the result of excess stress placed on a ligament in the bottom of the foot. Rest, stretching and support are the best ways to ease the pain and inflammation. Reduce your mileage and avoid hill and speed workouts. Stretch before and after you run, and ice your heel after each workout. Special splints and shoe inserts from Dr. Meisler may also provide support and relief for your heel pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of a bone. Runners generally notice gradual muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain on the affected bone, most often in the lower leg or the foot. Early diagnosis is critical as the small fracture can spread and eventually become a complete fracture of the bone. Stress fractures are typically caused by an increase in training that occurs more quickly than the body's ability to build up and strengthen the bone. If you have symptoms of a stress fracture, you should stop running immediately and see a podiatrist at Dr. Meisler. This injury can keep a runner off the roads for several weeks and is not an injury that you can run through. Depending on the severity of the stress fracture, a cast may be necessary.

If you experience chronic foot pain from running, make an appointment with a podiatrist at our New York office. Leaving foot injuries untreated could result in more serious conditions, ultimately keeping you from your best performance. Keep in mind that these are not the only foot ailments caused by running, and when at-home foot care isn't effective, you'll need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. As in most cases, prevention is your best treatment. Good footwear, proper training and recognizing a problem before it becomes serious are your keys to staying on the road and avoiding foot injuries.