Who is excited for the Baltimore Running Festival coming up this weekend? We sure are, at Frederick Foot and Ankle; this weekend we have a few people in our crew that are set to participate. In these final days before the race we are tapering our training regiment, at 368 Athletics Performance gym and are eating a balanced diet in preparation. But before we head on down we need to do a thorough gear check, especially evaluating our shoes.
No matter if you are participating in the 5k or the Full Marathon, as an athlete you need to be weary of the shoe gear you will be donning on race day. The idea of shopping for the perfect running shoes may seem daunting to many, but with some shoe shopping tips it’s a breeze for anyone.
Most of the time we are buying the wrong size shoe. It is essential that we have our feet measured each time that we are on the search for new pair of running shoes. It is common for our feet to change over the years. From a podiatrist’s point of view wearing the wrong size shoe can be the culprit for many injuries, such as plantar fasciitis.
Another rule of thumb is less is better. You should choose a shoe that doesn’t have as many bells and whistles. Much of the focus needs to be shifted away from the shoe gear and towards the runners form.
If you or someone you know has had problems in the past or is currently suffering from foot or ankle pain from wearing the wrong kind of running shoes it is time to see your podiatrist and be evaluated today. Our team is now an official Brooks shoes provider. Frederick Foot & Ankle would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD. We will be able access your walking style, and recommend the best kind of shoe for you; who knows next year you might join us at the Baltimore Running Festival!
The Baltimore Marathon is happening this weekend, October 15, 2011! Up to 5000 course participants of all ages will be running in this event. With so much variety in age and skill level foot and ankle injuries do occur. At Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists with typically see marathon injuries before, during and after the marathon. 26.2 miles can take a real toll on the body. It is ultimately up to you to listen to your body and know your limitations.
The foot injuries that are commonly seen throughout the course of marathon training and the event itself are: plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis (inflammation under big toe), shin splints, Achilles Tendonitis, stress fractures. At our offices located in Frederick and Urbana, MD we can help treat these common injuries before they get to severe. We wouldn’t want you to not be able to run the event that you have been training for so long for!
You hear more and more celebrities completing marathons such as: Will Ferrell, Katie Holmes, and Shia LaBeouf. They make it seem easy to training for it and complete it. First things first, the ultimate goal of competing in a marathon is admirable, but also takes dedication. You simply cannot grab a pair of only running shoes, get your running attire on, and simply brisk your way through the marathon. That’s how we are seeing more patients with marathon-related injuries than ever before. Everyone’s feet are different so when following a group or common marathon training keep in mind your feet and listen to your body. You can always come talk to Dr. Steinberg, Dr. Yanes, and Dr. Ho before any training occurs! Remember, it’s easier to prevent treatment than treat them.
Let us advise you when you are picking out new shoes to start training, we can even provide foot orthotics to help with the sudden increase of physical activity. Some times having the proper fitting shoe and right pair of socks can prevent blisters, sprain ankles and even stress fractures. If you happen to get hurt while training, don’t run through the pain. Stop by our offices and we’ll provide the necessary services to examine the problem and treat it.
To those running the marathon this weekend, GOOD LUCK!