Runners need to be aware of methods to keep their feet injury free as they get closer to race day. Dr. Brandon Gumbiner of the Indiana Podiatry Group said that some of the most common issues runners deal with are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures. Gumbiner said it is okay to run on treadmills. The advantage of running on a treadmill is the flex that is built into treadmills, which helps reduce some of the impact running has on the feet and legs.
|Dr. Brandon Gumbiner
However, he does not recommend for anybody to rely solely on treadmill running for marathon training. “If you do all of your training on a treadmill and then go and run a race, you’re not going to have that (support) all of a sudden,” Gumbiner said. “It’s going to put more strain and wear on your feet and legs. So you’re going to be more likely to get shin splints, tendinitis and things like that.”
Source: Frank Bonner, The Republic [8/26/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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