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From last month's Quarryman Challenge race in Lemont to the recent Bacon Chase 5K at Montrose Beach to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, there are plenty of races happening in the area during the warm months to keep runners active.

At DM Foot & Ankle Ankle, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Kim, and I see lots of runners in our Lemont office. They come to us with everything from heel pain to ankle sprains. And when it comes to running shoes, it seems the trend of running in minimalist shoes – think of the FiveFingers shoes made my Vibram – are giving way to footwear that's quite the opposite.

According to a recent article in The Washington Post, some runners are giving up “barely there” shoes in favor of those offering “maximal cushioning” to help provide exercise without destroying the legs.

These types of shoes look like updated, more colorful models of orthopedic footwear – and the Post claims some have called them “clown shoes” – but nearly a half-dozen shoe makers, including Nike, Brooks and New Balance, recently started selling shoes with soles that are roughly 30 percent thicker than typical running shoes.

The Post reports the first company to offer the super-cushioned shoes was Hoka One One. The company’s president even touts the design, according to the Post, as “the most dramatic advance in running footwear in 30 years” because the shoes' soft ride may help runners whose legs have taken a beating over the years.

But this is not the first time a shoe company has made such claims. Makers of barefoot and minimalist shoes also said their footwear could prevent injury. Those at shoe company Vibram, makers of the FiveFingers shoe, agreed to refund $3.75 million to customer last month after a lawsuit accused the company of making claims that it couldn’t support – mainly that its shoes reduce injuries and strengthen foot muscles.

At DM Foot & Ankle, we know there are lots of choices when it comes to running shoes, and we are happy to offer advice based on your foot and ankle needs. Call our office if you need help picking out the right running footwear – we also offer pre-made and custom inserts that many runners find helpful.

Good luck as you put miles on your shoes this summer!

By Diana Emini

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

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are here. People are putting up decorations, planning Hanukkah and Christmas gatherings and making plans for New Year's Eve.

But come Jan. 1, many people across Lemont and beyond are sure to make resolutions to get into shape.

In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine recently released it's list of exercise trends expected to be big in 2014.

The list includes:

High-Intensity Interval Training: Also known as HIIT, this type of exercise took the No. 1 spot. It involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programs usually take 30 minutes or less.

Fitness Programs for Older Adults. As baby boomers age toward retirement, many members of this generation will have more discretionary money. As a result, many fitness professionals are creating programs to keep older adults healthy and active.

Group Personal Training. Thanks to the tough economy – which left many gym-goes with less money to spend on pricey training -- many trainers began offering options where they work with two or three clients at once.

Boot Camp.  Patterned after military-style training, Boot Camp includes cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility drills led by an instructor.

Yoga. It's been around forever, but today, there's practically a yoga studio on every corner. That could be because yoga comes in a variety of forms: Power Yoga, Yogalates, and Bikram Yoga (better known as “hot yoga.”)

No matter what exercise you choose – and as podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Diana Emini and I encourage lifestyles that include fitness – it's important to have proper footwear.  

Athletic shoes must be comfortable, well-constructed and appropriate for a given activity. Shoes that fit well should help avoid blisters and skin irritations.

Also, keep in mind that different shoes serve different purposes.

Running shoes are built to take impact, but tennis shoes allow for sudden stops and turns. Meanwhile, cross training shoes are fine for PE classes or activities at the gym such as on stair-climbing machines and weight-lifting.

We recommend patients replace athletic shoes after one year – even if they aren't worn out. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine advises replacing running or walking shoes after 300 to 500 miles, and getting new aerobic, basketball and tennis shoes after 45 to 60 hours of wear.

By following some of these guidelines, we hope you will stay on your feet and reach your fitness goals for 2014!


By Michelle Kim