The Cooper River Bridge run is one week away and we want you to be ready for race day. Over the past few weeks we have seen a good number of overuse injuries specifically Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. If you are experiencing any foot pain at all this close to the race we would like to offer a few tips to help you this week as well as on race day. Stretching before and after is a key component to keep you propertly warmed up and to prevent muscle strain and injury. If you are experiencing pain during your run it is alright to slow your pace down and even to a run/walk. Icing after your runs for 20 minutes with a frozen water bottle, ice bag, or frozen bag of vegetables will help to reduce inflammation. NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen or Alleve can help to reduce inflammation. Please make sure your running shoes are current. We recommend changing your running shoes every 300-350 miles or every 5 to 6 months. If you feel like you have an injury please come in and see us at either our Mt. Pleasant or Charleston offices. We have the latest state of the art digital x-ray and diagnostic ultrasound to evaluate the internal structures of your feet. Our Doctors are experienced runners and understand not only the biomechanics of running but have experienced most foot injuries themselves as runners.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for questions or for an appointment at either our West Ashley or Mt. Pleasant offices so we can help to prevent foot injuries and allow you to finish the race. We would like to wish everyone good luck next Saturday and we will have blogs about the bridge run and prevention of foot injuries this entire week.