If you begin to develop a nagging pain without significant change in your mileage or training, you must consider your shoe gear. Running shoes typically are good for about 300-500 miles depending on running surfaces, experience, and size of the runner. These first few signs of a nagging pain is usually a way of your body telling you that you need a new pair of sneakers.
Another important way to prevent injuries when it comes to running shoes is to find a type of shoe that is most compatible with your foot structure. Everyone’s feet are different so a type of shoe that works well for your friend, may not work as well for you. People who have a flatter arch and overpronate need more of a motion controlled stability type shoe, whereas those who have a high arch and underpronate do better with more cushioned and neutral type shoe. Especially if you are new runner, I would recommend going to your local running store to help you find a pair of sneakers. These stores typically have experienced runners who will evaluate your foot type as well as running goals to help find you a shoe that would work the best for you. Once getting your new sneakers, make sure you take a couple of days walking around in them prior to running in order to help break them in. Also, another good tip is to buy two pairs at once and alternate running in them every other day in order to slow down the wear of an individual pair.
-Dr. Colleen Law
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic enjoys promoting physical activity in our community. We believe physical exercise is the best medicine available. Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley are fantastic areas to enjoy the outdoors. Our clinic sponsors the 2013 Virginia Off-Road Series mountain bike races and some of the Devils Playground fun runs at Devils Backbone Brewery in Roseland, VA. We want to encourage you to find local events this summer to participate in. Your participation is a healthy choice and helps promote physical activity to others by being a role model.
Our staff participates in many physical activities year round. Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang enjoy activities such as cycling, hiking, skiing, and ice hockey. Kindra Jones, medical assistant, hits the gym regularly. She’s expecting an addition to her family this fall and now exercising for two. Congratulations Kindra! Mary Mead, billing specialist, and her husband walk all over the streets and trails of Charlottesville. Our jack of all trades, Amy Flevarakis, participates with her family in events such as the March of Dimes Walk. Newbie, Teresa Thompson, enjoys hiking and running the trails in and around Staunton and wants to run her first 5k race this year. Welcome to our practice Teresa. Mallory Snow, Charlottesville receptionist, stays fit by running while her kid participates in dance class. Mallory and Amy are running the Color Me Rad 5K in Virginia Beach this fall. Mark Smith, Waynesboro receptionist, rides his bike daily and competes in local mountain bike and running races. Aside from keeping our offices running smoothly, Mary Ishee – office manager, walks with her daughter and has participated in the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler for the last two years.
We hope you join us this summer in some of the fun activities and events our communities have to offer. Let us know if there is anything we can do for your feet or ankles to help you be a role model to you family and friends.
Here are some sites to help you find local activities:
Bike rides and racing:
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Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic
Charlottesville Podiatrist Location: 887 A Rio E Ct., Charlottesville VA, 22911 (434) 979-8116
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Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years.
Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and
diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming
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Last week Mark Lorenzoni from Ragged Mountain Running Shop stopped by our office to give our team a quick refresher course on the services that they offer and some of the latest running shoes. Ragged Mountain has been on the UVA Corner in Charlottesville for 30 years so they certainly have a lot of experience to back up their recommendations! While we were learning from Mark, I took a few notes on things that I thought may interest some of our readers as well. Here are a few ‘shoe facts’ that we found interesting and hope you will too:
- Ragged Mountain Running Shop is 30 YEARS OLD and they fit about 20,000 customers per year with shoes.
- Mark bought in a few examples of what running shoes looked like back in the 1970’s. They had much less padding and stabilization which also meant that the injury rate really started to creep up around that time. That was when shoes more similar to what we see today started to emerge. Now, the three main types of shoes offer Cushioning, Stability & Motion Control.
- The current average price for running shoes is $100-$105. With these price tags, value has become very important- runners are more concerned with how long shoes will last.
- The book ‘Born To Run’ recently pushed everyone towards barefoot shoes but people in the shoe business are concerned about long term issues when they are not used for the correct purpose.
- The ‘right shoe’ for anyone changes over time depending on their physical state, fitness level, etc. For example, if you are a brand new, overweight runner you will need one shoe but a year or so later after training and running a couple of races, you could very well start to experience injuries and need something else.
- The internet, bloggers, etc. are causing people to form their own opinions on running shoes so sometimes they are not actually looking for any advice when going into a shoe store.
- Employees at Ragged Mountain work there for about a year before they are set free to recommend shoes. The store also has a flexible return policy since their main goal is to get you into the RIGHT running shoe.
Here are a few photos from shoes that Mark brought along on his visit. For their full selection, be sure to visit them on the UVA Corner in Charlottesville. Their website is also a great resource for runners and offers a lot of information on upcoming races in the area!