Sunday, March 4, 2012

Going the Distance

Lee Firestone, DPM, speaks to RFF 10K/10-Miler Program runners about common injuries of the foot and ankle

It was another beautiful, albeit somewhat chilly, morning for our Spring 10K/10-Miler program's weekly group run. We warmed up quickly as the sun came out and groups ran 4, 6 and 10 miles. Special kudos to our 10-miler runners for finishing the 10-mile (hilly!) route strong today- you now have proof that you are going to be more than ready to tackle the Cherry Blossom course in four weeks!

Following the run, we welcomed top local podiatrist Lee Firestone, DPM, of DC Foot and Ankle. Dr. Firestone, himself an outstanding and accomplished distance runner, reviewed some of the more common running injuries of the foot and ankle, including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, achilles tendonitis (and tendonosis, or degeneration of the tendon) and neuromas. Dr. Firestone candidly discussed his own recent running-related injury and emphasized the importance of listening to our bodies and allowing a few days or rest and recovery at the first sign of injury before seeking professional advice if the pain does not go away. We learned about the importance of proper footwear, modest increases in mileage and core strength in preventing injury, as well as the first signs and symptoms that there may be an impending injury.

Thanks to Dr. Firestone, we all have a better understanding of how to take care of our feet and ankles so that they can carry us through race day and beyond!

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