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Best Practices for Marathon Running
Best Practices for Marathon Running
Best Practices for Marathon Running  By: Dr. Aaronson Running a marathon may seem like a daunting task for first-time racers. The thrill of putting 13.1 miles or more behind you is an exhilarating sensation that comes from hard work, proper pacing, and the right information as you prepare. Here are some of the best practices for marathon running as you get ready to pound the pavement. Buy two pairs of shoes Training for a marathon requires a couple months of preparation. The miles can add up quickly on a pair of kicks, which is why you should buy two pairs of well-fitting shoes. A good pair of properly-fitting shoes gives you at least 200 miles of tread, maybe even longer. (Source) Buying two pairs of shoes can be expensive, but your shin and foot health are worth investing in your shoes. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! If you’re running a shorter distance (one mile - 5k), water isn’t as crucial to your pacing, albeit still important. When it comes to marathon running, water is vital to your success and health. There are several hydration mistakes runners ...

2015 St. Louis Ram’s Season-Opening Injury Report
2015 St. Louis Ram’s Season-Opening Injury Report
The St. Louis Rams’ 2015 NFL season is here and we couldn’t be more excited to see how our Gateway gang of the gridiron does this year. We have a new starting quarterback in Nick Foles and a championship-caliber defense. While we’re focused on the new season ahead, we’re also paying pretty close attention to the sidelines where some of our favorite Rams continue to recover on the injury list. Here is a full report on every Ram making their comeback from an injury: E.J. Gaines, CB Gaines suffered a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury in the second practice of the first week of training camp. (Source) He played his college ball at Mizzou and was a breakout star in his rookie season last year. Gaines underwent surgery to repair a set of small bones on the top of his foot and is expected to make a full recovery. Rodger Saffold, OG Saffold left the Rams’ preseason opener against the Raiders with a left shoulder injury. This is the same shoulder that he underwent surgery on back in January of this year. Saffold has suffered ...

What You Don't Know About Orthopedic Surgeons
Orthopedic surgery seems like an incredibly scary term, reserved only for people who have gotten seriously injured. However, it can help in other situations, and orthopedic surgeons can help in other ways as well. You may not even need surgery. Many people do not realize the full extent of what orthopedics can do for them and their health. The key is being educated so that when you need care, you can make an informed decision for treatment. Read on for a few ways you probably didn't know that orthopedic surgeons can help you. Back Pain This seems like it's something you would go to a chiropractor for, but orthopedic surgeons can help as well. About 50% of Americans say that they suffer from back pain symptoms each year, and at any given time, 31 million Americans experience low back pain. Orthopedics can help manage these symptoms and come up with lasting solutions to leave you pain-free. General Orthopedics It's not always something related to surgery -- sometimes just having regular pain can make seeing an orthopedic surgeon necessary. Like with back pain, other ...

Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis present “How to avoid injuries while Marathon and Distance Running” Workshop
Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis present “How to avoid injuries while Marathon and Distance Running” Workshop
Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis is teaming together to provide a one-night workshop on avoiding injuries while long-distance running. It will be held at Orthopedic Associates’ Des Peres location (1050 Old Des Peres Road, Suite 100, St. Louis, Missouri 63131) on Wednesday, September 30th, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Dr. R. Randal Aaranson of Orthopedic Associates and David Spetnagel, owner of Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis, will be presenting. R. Randal Aaranson, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon who has served with Orthopedic Associates since 2008. Dr. Aaranson has extensive experience helping runners and other athletes recover from foot and ankle injuries using both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. David Spetnagel has been the proud owner of Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis for over twenty years. He and his team love helping runners of all experience and skill levels find the right running gear and training regimens to stay fit and safe for any distance. Why should I attend? “How to avoid injuries while Marathon and Distance Running” will be jam-packed with great information to improve and protect ...

Are your feet ugly?
Are your feet ugly?
Do you wear closed-toe shoes, even in the summer, because your feet are unsightly? Do you wish your toes looked healthier than they are? If you have bunions, fungus infected toenails, hammertoe, or other foot or toe issues, it can be embarrassing to take your shoes off and let your little piggies play on the carpet or the grass. Here are some good treatment options to relieve some of the most common foot and toe eyesores: Corns and Bunions No, it’s not corn and onions; it’s corns and bunions. Corns are bumps on the bony parts of your feet caused from friction due to improper-fitting shoes. The best way to prevent corns is to wear properly-sized shoes. You can also reduce the size of corns by gently washing them with a washcloth or pumice stone. (MedlinePlus) However, don’t do this if you have diabetes or poor circulation.  Bunions occur when your big toe is pushed against your second toe. This causes the joint of your big toe to stick out and grow in size. Bunions are characterized as a large bump on ...

5 yoga stretches to alleviate your back pain
5 yoga stretches to alleviate your back pain
Lower back pain is enough to make even the toughest of us stop right in our tracks. Taking pain relievers and doing lumbar stretches can sometimes help, but you need the right exercise to help relieve back pain and also strengthen your back to protect against future back pain. Yoga is an excellent exercise for stretching and strengthening your spine through ancient positions and breathing techniques. Yoga for back pain relief Om…. welcome to the world of yoga. Remember, you’re here because your spine is screaming “Uncle!” and you need both pain relief and pain prevention. Grab a mat, put on loose-fitting clothes, and hobble over to some open space for your first session. There are five basic yoga positions that can alleviate back pain: #1: Warrior II Stand with your feet about four feet apart. Raise your arms to shoulder level and turn your palms downward. Turn your left foot 90 degrees to the left and turn your right foot about 30 degrees to ...

3 Common Office Injuries and How to Prevent Them
General orthopedics covers essentially anything having to do with the health of the musculoskeletal system. But in addition to this general field, many orthopedic surgeons also have narrower specialties, such as occupational medicine. Occupational medicine is the branch of preventive care and treatment that deals with workplace health and safety. These safety concerns don’t just apply to workers in industrial settings, either, as many employers and employees assume. There are plenty of ways to get hurt even in your average office setting. Here are three of the most common workplace injuries you should be aware of, as well as some tips on how to prevent them: Carpal Tunnel Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand and wrist conditions affecting office workers. Caused by pressure to the median nerve in the wrist, its symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often set off by repetitive motion, especially motion in which the wrist is bent so that the hands are positioned lower than the wrists ...

Get ready to run, St. Louis!
Get ready to run, St. Louis!
Fall is fast approaching with the calendar flipping to August, and cooler weather is just around the corner. Wrap up the summer by lacing up your running shoes and enjoying a local race in August or September. Check out this list of upcoming 5k, 10k, and fun runs all over St. Louis! MuckFest MS St. Louis  - August 15th Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a terrible condition that affects so many in our community. MuckFest MS teams up with the MS Society to host a “mucky” race to bring us closer to a world without MS. Almost twenty obstacles line the MuckFest race path that are sure to get you muddy and mucky as you race to the finish line. Help support the MS Society by registering for the MuckFest MS St. Louis. Color Run Night (Madison, IL) - August 15th You’ve heard of the Color Run. Now, imagine the Color Run at night! Run the 5k course at Gateway Motosports Park in Madison and get ready to look fantastic covered in colored powder as you dance, run, walk, and party your way through ...

America Needs Orthopedic Surgeons: Five Things You Didn't Know About the Demand For Orthopedic Medicine
If you're suffering from a foot, ankle, or knee problem, you're not alone. Orthopedic issues are far more common than you'd think. Here are just a few facts you may not have known. There's an Incredibly High Demand For Orthopedic Surgeons.  There's actually an incredibly high demand for orthopedic surgeons. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery reports that there are about 25,500 orthopedic surgeons currently practicing within the United States. Most of these orthopedic surgeons practice privately, as private practices make up about 73.5% of all orthopedic practices. The remaining practices are split between academic institutions, hospital and medical center practices, academic private practices, military practices, pre-paid plans and HMO practices, public institutions, other settings, and locum tenens. Women Have a Higher Need For Orthopedic Medicine Than Men.  About 75% of Americans experience foot problems to some degree of severity at one point in their lives, and about 60% of all foot and ankle injuries are sprains and strains. However, women have about four times as many foot issues as men do. The reason -- high heels. An Average of 32 Orthopedic ...

3 Times You Should See an Orthopedist
3 Times You Should See an Orthopedist
As many as 1.5 billion people around the world suffer from chronic pain, according to a recent report. But many of those people never do anything about the pain. The fact is, more people need to be educated on options such as chiropractors and orthopedists. Do you know when to consult an orthopedist? Take a look at a few times when an orthopedic surgeon may be of assistance: Joint Pain When climbing stairs or steep inclines, we carry four to six times our body weight over the ankle joint. It's no wonder that almost 52.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia by a doctor. This where something like simple orthopedic knee surgery, or ankle surgery may help relieve some of the pain. Any Consistent Pain Does one spot in your shoulder or back hurt every time you try to use it, or do a specific movement? An orthopedist may be able to help you out, either with finding therapy, medication, or orthopedic shoulder surgery. Those consistent pains may be indicative of a larger ...