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As you train for the upcoming bridge run it is essential to know what foot type that you have and how to choose the proper running shoe. Classification of arch types generally fall into three categories. 1) Normal arch 2) High arch 3) Low arch. Advances in running shoe technology allows matching your specific foot type with the proper running shoe.
(Overpronators) foot types leave a flat foot impression on wet sand. Common injuries for flattened arches from improperly fitted running shoes are heel pain, arch pain, and knee pain. Overpronators need motion control running shoes.
At the other extreme are people with "high arch feet". These feet are very tight-jointed and do not yield enough upon impact. Rigid feet leave only the toes, balls of the feet, and heel impression in wet sand. Improperly fitted running shoes for rigid feet tend to wear unevenly on the outside of the shoe. Common rigid foot running injuries are stress fractures, ball of the foot pain, and shin splints. To help avoid these injuries, these people need cushioned control running shoes.
Laslty, the third type, or normal foot, falls somewhere between the overpronator and rigid foot type. This type of foot can use any running shoe that is stable and properly cushioned.
Visit your local specialty running shoes to get you ready for the upcoming Cooper River Bridge Run.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common foot injury that we see in our practice. 95% of the time we can resolve plantar fasciitis with conservative treatment. We will be reviewing various running injuries and treatments over the next several months as you prepare for the Cooper River Bridge run. We would like to focus this blog on two minimally invasive state of the art procedures that have quicker recovery times and excellent results. These produres are excellent options if you have suffered with plantar fasciitis that hasn't improved with various conservative treatments
1) Extra Corporeal Sound Wave Treatment (ESWT): This procedure can be performed in the offfice under local anesthesia and takes 20 minutes. This technology originally known as Lithotripsy, was used to break up kidney stones. Sound waves utilize a high intensity sonic pulse which is focused on the heel. It is believed that micro-trauma will repair and increase blood supply to the plantar fascia. ESWT is thought to break up scarring and allow the body to regenerate new and improved tissue to the area.The procedure is noninvasive with no cutting of the skin, patients can walk home in sneakers after the procedure. The day after the procedure patients are able to resume normal activities.
2) Topaz Procedure: This procedure uses Bipolar radiofrequency which is quick, simple, and minimally invavsive. Numerous small 5mm punture holes are placed in the area of maximal tenderness in the heel in a grid like fashion. Microtenotomy of the plantar fascia is performed by placing a Topaz wand through the small puncture holes and radiofrequency is applied. No sutures are needed. Steri strips (medical band-aids) are placed on the puncture sites with a small dressing. Patients wear a boot for two weeks and then transition back into a sneaker. Patients are typically back to full activities at 4-6 weeks.
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Happy New Year!
If you are training for the upcoming brige run 2011 in Charleston, SC please look out for our foot injury prevention series blogs over the next couple of months. We will be reviewing common foot injuries relating to running and offer suggestions to keep you on your feet so you can reach the finish line in April. We have had lots of positive feedback with our foot injury prevention series last year in preparation for the Bridge run 2010.