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Does Your Running Shoe Type Matter?
Does Your Running Shoe Type Matter?
By: Dr. Aaranson   An experienced runner knows a well-fit shoe is priceless, especially when you face the uphill section of a marathon. Improper fits can cause blisters, foot conditions, and a variety of other complications. Shoes is arguably one of the most debated topics among runners: what type of running shoe is best for runners? Support structure is important to consider: how much motion control does your shoe give you? If you’re naturally overpronated in your gait, a shoe ‘expert’ may have recommended a heavier type of shoe with more support. Unfortunately, research shows that the type of running shoe likely doesn’t matter. A recent study published by Aarhus University in Denmark followed the running progression of 927 adults who were novice runners for an entire year. (British Journal of Sports Medicine) The runners were men and women ranging from age 18 to 65. Researchers profiled each runner’s foot to determine their most natural pronation pattern. The runners were then divided into five categories: Neutral pronation ...

Orthopedic Associates/Fleet Feet Running Workshop
Orthopedic Associates/Fleet Feet Running Workshop
Come join us at our Marathon and Distance Running Workshop! Wednesday, August 3rd 6PM at Fleet Feet in Des Peres. Register here:  http://bit.ly/2a5ZevI

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 ...

Protect your feet and legs from these common running injuries
Thousands of St. Louisans love lacing the low tops and pounding the pavement for a good exercise. Whether you’re an Asics aficionado or a Nike newbie, there’s a lot to learn about running, including what injuries you might expect. Hopefully you can avoid any injuries this summer, but if not, it’s helpful to know what to do. That's why Orthopedic Associates recently hosted an event, with the help of running shoe specialist David Spetnagel (Fleet Feet), on the best ways to keep yourself in top-running condition during the Summer months. Participants were able to come out and ask questions about their foot and running health directly to the experts! For those who couldn't make it, we typed up a little summary of the night's events for your reading pleasure! (image of Dr. Aaranson speaking on runner's health at our recent event) Most common injuries for runners One of the best ways to avoid injuries involves preparation and prevention. This includes appropriate stretching before and after running, and also watching where your feet fall along the path. Some injuries can’t ...

How to recover after running a marathon
Marathon season means runners of all ages are pinning on race bibs and pounding the pavement across St. Louis. If you’ve recently finished your marathon or half-marathon, there’s a good chance you pushed yourself a little too far at one point during the race. Even if you ran a clean race overall, your body still needs time to recover from several weeks, if not months of training.  Here’s some good information to help your body recover after running a marathon… Post-marathon stretches for best recovery Your post-marathon recovery begins as soon as you cross the finish line. You need to carefully and thoroughly stretch your muscles out after a race. This helps remove any remaining lactic acid from your muscles and greatly reduces muscle soreness. Using a foam roller to massage out your thighs and calves is an excellent way to loosen any leftover lactic acid. You may experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in the hours following your race. Pay attention to the level of soreness you experience because it’s an indication of possible injuries ...

Best Hiking & Running Trails in St. Louis
Did you know that Missouri currently holds the title of “Best Trails State”? It’s true! With almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and 500 miles of National Recreation Trails, we are really living up to our reputation as “Gateway to the West.” With all those miles of trails to explore, it can be hard to figure out where to start. That’s why Orthopedic Associates is giving you our list of... The Best Of The Best Trails: St. Louis Edition Best Trail For Cardio: Grant’s Trail 8 miles of former railroad tracks that stretches through South and Southwest St. Louis County. The trail is fairly flat, making it perfect for everything from biking and running to rollerblading and cross country skiing. l image source: Rob Anderson http://www.bikegrantstrail.com/ Best Trails With A Little History: Jefferson Barracks Jefferson Barracks is the oldest operating U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River. It is home to an expansive cemetery, a museum, countless events, a golf course, several sports fields, and a delightful 2.7 mile paved trail. The trail itself is well maintained and has several challenging hills, making it ideal for ...

Is Running Actually Good For You?
There’s a long standing debate between runners and non-runners: Is running actually good for you? It’s time to find an official answer. Let’s examine the facts: The benefits of aerobic exercise (cardio) are undeniable. It’s widely known that those who regularly engage in cardio experience decreased stress, healthy weight loss, increased heart and lung strength, greater bone density, improved mood, and boosted energy. If we look at the definition of cardio, it is any use of oxygen to meet the demands created by movement via aerobic metabolism. Basically, anything that has your body intaking more air than usual and converting it to energy can be considered aerobic exercise. The question then becomes: Is running, a specific TYPE of cardio, beneficial to the body? To answer, we’ll have to look at the mechanics of the act of running. You’re breathing heavier and your heart is pumping more, but what about all those joints and muscles moving around to facilitate your aerobic experience? Running, by definition, requires that both of your feet be off of the ground simultaneously at some point in your cycle of movement ...