05 Oct Runners World Article with Dr. Shuman
Keep on Running
We are excited to share a recent article in Runners World magazine about foot care for runners. Below is a direct link as well as an excerpt from the article with Dr. Shuman’s contribution!
How to Prevent and Treat Calluses (And Other Common Feet Problems)
Your feet are overworked and underappreciated. Here’s how to give them some TLC before and after your runs.
Dr. Joanna Shuman of Shuman Podiatry and Sports Medicine in Sterling, Virginia, cites poorly fitted footwear as one of the major causes of tendon issues in her runner patients. She strongly recommends getting fitted for the correct size shoe and not wearing a pair past their maximum mileage. “Know how many miles you should get on your shoes,” she says. “You should regularly change up which shoes you wear—don’t use the same pair every day, or for every activity.”
Wearing the right socks is also key for a pain-free run, so choose fit and materials wisely. Look for a pair that fits snugly to the shape of your feet without slipping around as you move, such as Wigwam’s Synchroknit Custom Fit socks. And, of course, avoid cotton, which does a poor job of carrying sweat away and ultimately results in blisters, hot spots, and a poor run experience. Technical materials, however, are much better at wicking moisture away from the surface of your skin.
As a final word of advice in preventing blisters, Simmons shares a preferred trick: anti-chafe lubricant. “Lubing your feet—especially in race-day scenarios—can be a great precaution to help you succeed.”
Everyday Footcare for All Levels of Activity
Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine provides comprehensive foot care solutions for all types of feet. Runners, toddlers, seniors, and more. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for common foot care support – including custom fitting orthotics.