Marathon Season is Here and Local Doctors Offer Free Tips and Exams for Runners

Published: 2011-04-22 09:53:56
Author: Christopher Foltz & Company

  Largest Podiatrist Group in America offers FREE Running Exams to Chicago Area Athletes.

Top Ten Tips for Running Season.

1) Get Loose
Stretching is one of the most important parts of your run,
especially when you are about to step outside again. Give
yourself a good 10-15 minutes to stretch out all your
muscles and get warm and loose before you start your run.

2) Pace the Workout
After a long winter of indoor running and treadmills, your
body may need time to adjust and get back into the “spring
of things”. Stick with your current weekly mileage for at
least two weeks and then start to build.

3) Be Ready for Rain
The warm weather of spring also brings spring showers.
Invest in a lightweight jacket or shell that will shield you from those expected, and unexpected showers.

4) Layer and Follow the Rule of 20
The arrival of spring brings many temperature changes, so
stay prepared and comfortable while running: layer your
clothes and follow the 20 degree rule, dress as if it’s 20
degrees warmer than it really is.

5) Go Shoe Shopping:
The start of spring should bring a new pair of shoes.
Running shoes only have so many miles in them and the
cold winter months wear heavily on them. Buy a new pair
and start the new season out right and give your feet a treat.

6) Reduce Injuries and Compress
Cooler temperatures leave you more vulnerable to muscle
pulls and strains, by wearing compression clothing you can
improve muscle function and reduce the risk of injury.

7) Vary Your Terrain
Running on the same terrain for very run gets boring, and
it’s not good on your feet and legs. Varying your terrain and running on different surfaces will give you better range of motion and work better on your muscles.

8) Don’t Underestimate Sun Screen
As spring rolls around, the sun gets strong quickly and can
take you by surprise, put on sun screen before your runs andprevent yourself from getting burned.

9) Have a Post-Run Routine
The first 30 minutes after your run are crucial, make sure
to consume lots of protein and carbs and give your feet and
legs some time to wind down from the workout.

10) Shoe Inserts Are Key
To protect your feet and reduce the risk of ankle injury, haveyour podiatrist create custom fit shoe inserts or orthotics to provide extra cushion while running and stabilize your feet.

To schedule your free Runners Evaluation visit to pick a Certified Specialist near you.

About Advanced Foot & Ankle
Advanced Foot and Ankle (AFA) was established in 1995 by a group of independent podiatrists, wanting to improve the way footcare was being delivered to patients.

Our goals are to increase the clinical outcomes while reducing the overall costs, without sacrificing quality.

AFA has over 250 locations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs. AFA credentialed physicians are on staff at most major medical centers and hospitals throughout the state. AFA has been able to document increased patient satisfaction and doctor accessibility.