Vlog: Spring Into Running – Dr. Reed 4/24

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Spring into running

Spring Into Running

Hi, it’s Dr. Michael reed here at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle and we’re here to spring into action. Spring just came around the corner and this is one for all the runners out there. Right now everyone probably wants to get outside and start running and oftentimes when we go from a treadmill or sedentary sit down during the winter, to running outside. Oftentimes problems can occur in our feet and ankles, so I want to talk to you today about what makes a good running shoe.

I used to be a runner and it’s very important to match the shoe to the activity you’re doing, so here I want to demonstrate what a good shoe would actually be for a runner. A lot of times people care about how much, if you’re a heel runner or midfoot runner, but oftentimes the best type of shoes are one that has a little bit of support. There was a book a long time ago that talked about bare feet running. Oftentimes, with a lot of those minimalistic shoes there came a lot of stress fractures, so we just want you to be weary of those. A good running shoe is one that actually is labeled as a running shoe. There’s a lot of walking shoes out there that are very supportive, but you can’t run in a walking shoe. A running shoe is usually one that has a nice midsole that’s sturdy, so if you take the shoe, and you can’t fold it in half in the middle, and it’s okay if it bends just slightly by the toes, but you should not be able to fold this in half. So, this would qualify as a good running shoe. Another good thing to look out for is the heel counter. This is a little squishier than we like it, but a firmer heel counter controls the heal more, so you have less pronation through the run. This would actually qualify as a an okay shoe.

Oftentimes, we see very common conditions with runners who do pick bad shoes. One of the most common ones is plantar fasciitis, which is usually the cause of a painful heel. When you start running sometimes people get metatarsalgia, which is pain in the ball of the foot. Those often can be consistent with a neuroma or encapsulitis from increased pressure in the ball of the foot. Some people get Achilles pain or ankle pain from Sinus Tarsitis or Posterior Tibial Tendonitis. All these can occur and can be very painful, they can delay your activities and cause quite a bit of pain when you’re running, so if you’re having any pain around your ankle, heel, or all the foot, these are things that you should see a foot and ankle specialist for and here at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle we have a great program in place, and a protocol to help with that.

Thank you again for watching. This is Dr. Michael Reed at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle. Have a good spring!