Tag Archive 'running'

Let a Stress Fracture Heal

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov A stress fracture is an overuse injury that usually occurs from exercise, such as running. Fatigued muscles after a while aren’t able to absorb the stress of a certain activity, so the bone begins to absorb the impact, resulting in a tiny fracture. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to [...]

Compression Garments Don’t Improve Running Performance

Two studies presented at the annual meeting for the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore showed that compression stockings do not improve speed, efficiency or overall recovery in runners. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Motion Control Shoes May Decrease Fatigue in Runners with Excess Pronation

In a study published this month in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University evaluated motion control shoes in recreational runners with excessive rearfoot pronation. Running patterns of twenty female runners were evaluated over a two day period. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Stress Fractures: Prevention & Treatments

A stress fracture is an incomplete break or crack in the bone due to repetitive stress. Stress fractures in the foot are most commonly caused by overuse. Running on a hard surface, increasing speed, duration and intensity of training abruptly and over-training are all common causes in athletes. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Do Running Shoes Causes Knee Arthritis?

A recent study in PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation found running in shoes (shod running), compared to running barefoot, increased torque on both the knees and hips. The authors concluded that runners experiencing increased rotational forces at the knee may be more prone to the development of knee osteoarthritis. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Tips for Winter Running

Run in a trail shoe, even if you don’t run on trails. Trail running shoes offer more protection and tread and are better for slippery surfaces. More on shoes Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Women Runners with Fasciitis Have Lower Arches

A new study in this month’s issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine evaluated the biomechanics, arch height, impact load, maximum load and ankle dorsiflexion in women runners, during running and while standing. The researchers divided 50 age and mileage matched women runners into two groups, a plantar fasciitis group and a control group. [...]

Running Shoes in High & Low-Arched Feet

The effect of the type of running shoe on high-arched feet compared to low-arched feet was evaluated in a recent study. The researchers set out to determine how the type of shoe affected plantar pressure (pressure on the bottom of the foot) and contact area, during walking. Measurements were taken in 35 high-arched participants and [...]

Eco-Running Shoe: The Green Silence

Shoe gear company, Brooks, has designed an environmentally friendly performance racing shoe called The Green Silence. The Green Silence features recycled components, such as post-race plastic water & sports drink bottles as well as rubber that would otherwise have been abandoned. Another key feature is the BioMoGo, the first biodegradable midsole. Brooks debuted this midsole [...]

Barefoot Running: Pros & Cons

Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Almost 30 million Americans run at least once a week and almost 10 million Americans run twice a week, with close to 2 million Americans running at least 5 times a week. Even in a down economy, running related athletic gear is big [...]

Massage, Circulation and Exercise

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a deep dull pain felt in the muscles 12-24 hours after exercising. The pain can take four to six days to subside. Previous theories attributed the pain to lactic acid buildup, but more the more recent is theory is that the pain is due to an inflammatory process as [...]

Weak Hip Muscles & Overpronation are Risks for Running Injuries

Over half of all runners sustain an overuse injury to their lower extremity every year. Common overuse injuries in runners include runner’s knee, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and generalized arch pain. A recent article in Sports Health reviewed the literature from 1980 through July 2008 for common mechanisms related [...]

Calluses in Runners

Common areas for callus development in runners include the area under great toe and at the inside of the heel. Continued rub, friction or irritation can result in blister development underneath the callus, which can be quite painful and limit performance. Aggressively rubbing the callus with a pumice stone, trimming the callus with the razor [...]

Lacing Shoes: Utilizing the 7th Eyelet

For problems with heel slippage and for narrow feet, lacing running shoes tighter and higher may be helpful. Utilizing the top (7th) eyelet allows for a more custom fit and may help keep the heel seated. Recent research has shown that lacing shoes tighter and higher, using the 7th eyelet (or last available eyelet), allows [...]

Running Increases Bone Density

Bone is a living tissue and it reacts to the forces acting upon it, this includes muscle tension during exercise. Physical activity benefits bone through muscles exerting forces on the bone and by suppressing bone breakdown. These effects may enhance the strength of the skeletal system without necessarily increasing bone mineral density. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Trail Running and Your Feet

There are almost 7 million trail runners in the United States and they enjoy fantastic views, clean air and the peace and quiet of the outdoors. Trail running does have it’s own set of risks and injuries. Although many of the same foot and ankle problems a road runner might encounter, a trail runner may [...]

Western States Run – Foot Blisters

I worked at the Western States 100 finish line in Auburn this past weekend, giving the finishing runners needed foot care. The run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100 miles. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor to Emigrant [...]

Nike+ iPod Sport Kit

Cool New Gear For Runners & Walkers The Nike+ iPod Sports Kit allows you to listen to your favorite tunes while you run or walk AND track your speed and distance. A sensor placed on the Nike shoes tracks time, distance and speed and transmits this information to the iPod receiver. The iPod can give [...]

Marathon Runners Prone to Injury

A recent article in Sports Medicine cited a significant increase in the number of people who are running marathons. The yearly incidence of injuries in marathon runners is reported as high as 90%, but it appears that less experienced runners are the ones who are more prone to injury. More experienced runners are less likely [...]

Shoes: Tips for Runners

1. Consider buying your shoes at a specialty running store. The shoes may be a little more expensive, but you should be able to talk with a trained professional who knows about shoes, socks and foot types. 2. Have your feet measured while standing with your socks on. Socks can change the size of your [...]

Calluses and Runners

Callused feet and toes are common in runners and many times go unnoticed. But, a callus on the heel or the big toe can cause a lot of pain for a runner. The callus can develop an even more painful blister underneath and can limit performance or simply decrease the enjoyment of run. Some rub [...]

Foot Problems in Runners

Millions of runners, in the form of casual joggers, trail runners, sprinters, marathon runners and elite competitors, take to the streets, tracks and trails everyday. People run for health, for fitness, for stress relief and for fun. Despite these differences, all runners are susceptible to foot problems. Common foot and ankle conditions in runners include [...]