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By Dr. Kim
November 26, 2014
Category: Running

 

If you’re looking for a great way to run off that turkey dinner tomorrow, search no further! It has become a tradition for many cities around the United States to host marathons or “turkey trots” around Thanksgiving. At DM Foot & Ankle, we are big fans of these marathons, as well as our marathon runners!  We advise all runners to take precautionary measures to ensure a good run and to avoid injury!

 

A few of the most common problems that we see with runners at DM Foot & Ankle are things such as Athlete's Foot, which is the most common fungal infection in the world. We also see Corns and Calluses, which are the thickening of skin in areas on your feet as a result of pressure. Another common problem is Achilles Tendinitis, when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.Those who run for long periods of time on hard surfaces, such as concrete, sometimes have Shin Splints, which is pain in the shin and lower leg. We also see people with pain in the heel and arch that is called Plantar Fasciitis, that is caused by inflammation along the ligament on the bottom of the foot.

Most of the problems above can be avoided by proper foot care, hygiene, and by wearing the right running shoes. Proper shoe gear can help to ease the discomfort or avoid the problem altogether. So, here are a few tips on shoe gear from Dr. Emini and I!

Tips for Running Shoes

        - Buy two pairs of running shoes and rotate them on a daily basis

        - Replace your shoes every 400 miles or 1 to 2 times a year

        - Buy shoes designed for your foot structure & activity type

        - Make sure to use clean socks & keep your feet dry

        - A stability running shoe works for most foot types

        - Custom orthotics can help those with the above pains

Dr. Emini and I, along with the staff here at DM Foot & Ankle, want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with lots of laughs and turkey!  We also want to wish good luck to all of the marathon runners! If you want more information about running and your feet, be sure to check out our Pinterest - Running Board for shoe tips, motivation and more!

 

                         Some marathons happening this weekend around the Chicagoland area:

                                                               

                                              Grant Park Turkey Trot 5k                             Edison Park Turkey Trot

                                              Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago                  Orland Park Turkey Trot

                                              North Shore Turkey Trot 5k & 10k                 Rotary Run 3.14 Pie

                                              Bonfield Express 5k                                        Evanston Flying Turkey 5k

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Warmer weather has finally arrived, and we here at DM Foot and Ankle couldn’t be happier! After a long winter, we know lots of people in and around Lemont are looking forward to getting outdoors and being active on their feet.

With the Boston Marathon taking place Monday, April 21, we wanted to share information about a few races that are closer to home this spring and summer. As podiatrists, Dr. Michelle Kim and I treat lots of runners for heel pain, foot fractures or ankle sprains. We love seeing our patients stay active, but don’t forget to take care of your feet by wearing proper running shoes (we have a list of brands we recommend – just call or visit our Lemont office!) Also, don’t hesitate to call us if you are suffering from pain or an injury – we can even get patients in same-day!

Here’s a look at just a few races the area has to offer:

The Glo Run – May 3, Chicago –Those who register for this after-dark run (start time is 8:15 p.m. at 1100 S. Columbus Drive,) jog a three-mile course that includes flashing lights and running under inflatable lit arches and tunnels while wearing “glo gear” such as light-up-the-night necklaces and body paint.

First Midwest Half Marathon and 10K-- May 4, Palos Park: The half offers a fast, flat course, $5,000 in cash prizes and medals for all finishers. Since 2008, the race has raised more than $150,000 for the American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, the South West Special Recreation Association and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Quarryman Challenge -- May 10, Lemont --The 10 mile and 5K races start and finish in downtown Lemont and takes runners through the town’s scenic, hilly, historic neighborhoods. Hand-crafted “piece of the rock” awards made from local quarry stone are handed to the top three men’s and women’s finishers and winners in each age group.

Fleet Feet Sports Solider Field 10-Mile – May 24, Chicago – The 11th running of this 10-mile race takes place Memorial Day weekend. Finishers start outside Solider Field, run along Lake Michigan and finish by sprinting across the football stadium’s 50-yard line.

Bacon Chase 5K and 0.05K – June 6, Chicago:This new 5K race at Montrose Beach benefits St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Runners can choose the standard 3.1-mile course,  dubbed the "Piggy Pilgrimage," or there’s a much shorter option -- a .05K course measuring 164 feet called the "Blitz to Bacon."  Registration includes all-you-can-eat bacon at the finish line and bacon bits along the course. There’s a free bloody Mary and a bacon-scented race bib.

By Diana Emini