“Master” runners (over age 40) now represent more than half of all marathon finishers—and they often outperform younger runners, too. The Road Runners Club of America introduced the “Senior Grandmaster” race category in 2011 for runners who are over 60 years old. Since then, Grandmaster running has become quite competitive in places like New York City as more and more people commit to leading healthier lifestyles and maintaining their running hobby well into old age.
The NYC Marathon saw more than 2,500 finishers over age 60 in the 2017 race. In fact, some have entertained the idea of adding a “Veteran Grandmaster” category for runners age 70+. Should such a category be created, more than 300 runners would compete to be the top finisher!
You may be wondering how to maintain such a rigorous, high-intensity hobby as your body ages. The foot and ankle specialists here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City have a few tips to help you continue running after age 60 in a healthy and effective way.
Many of our patients are athletes, but you don’t have to be training for a marathon or playing professional basketball to reap positive health benefits. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say that as little as 30 minutes of walking is good for your feet and your long-term health. You’ll notice we regularly promote walking tours on the site to encourage New Yorkers to enjoy different parts of the City and lead healthier lives. If you have any niggling aches and pains, stop by our Manhattan or White Plains office to speak with a foot and ankle specialist.
Ergonomic design is an important area of study because it helps us to prevent injuries at work. Whether it be carpal tunnel from repetitive use, a stiff knee from sitting all day, or swollen feet, ergonomic products offer the best solutions science can offer. The CDC recommends incorporating healthy work tools, stretching and using proper posture to feel healthier and happier at work.
Knee replacement surgeries are up 162 percent in the past two decades. Osteoarthritis of the knee occurs when the cartilage and underlying bone within a joint breaks down, leading to pain and stiffness. Surgery can help prevent disability, but there is no true “cure.” If you are a female over 40, then you are in the risk pool for this disease. Many osteoarthritis patients sustained an injury while playing sports or overexerting themselves. People who have diabetes, an under-active thyroid, gout or Paget’s disease also carry a greater risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Oh, the spa. It’s one of the great joys of living, especially in the summer months. There’s nothing like getting a fresh new pedicure that you can show off in your (supportive and sensible) peep-toe sandals. Trust me, fellas. Actually, if you’re a progressive fella, you may already know how good it feels to pamper yourself. Men are showing up at spas in record numbers this year looking for a buff and polish. Everyone looks better with clean, manicured nails. But there’s a dark side to all that shiny, sparkly fun. In the process of making you more beautiful, beauty treatments may make you sick. Here’s how…
Tonight from 7-9 PM EST, Dr. Geldwert will be participating in the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon Injury Prevention Webinar. If you will be participating in the triathlon, are a triathlon enthusiast, or just want to learn about protecting your feet while you pound the pavement, you’re invited to tune in!
There’s nothing better than a tour through Rome from a knowledgeable guide, a person who can usher you past the boring stuff right to the gems. Museum tours are also spectacular. Museums are the homes of masterpieces, those objects that inspire humanity, that show us how great a person can be. But they’re also huge and imposing. Miles of marble stretch before you promising treasures… and excruciatingly sore feet. But the guide saves you from the pain, marching you to the Van Goghs and Rembrandts, the Picassos and Degas. Of course, for the guide, your tour is just another day in the office. Years of marching down those unforgiving marble halls, up those endless coliseum stairs, and along those quaint cobbled streets, take their toll. Stress fractures, one of the most common repetitive use injuries, plague the world’s tour guides.
I started playing soccer when I was four years old. All I knew was that I was supposed to kick the ball into the goal. Since that’s what all of the other kids knew too, we spent practices and games chasing the ball around the field en masse, a gaggle of four-year-olds skittering to and fro. It must have been hilarious to watch: an amorphous blob of little children, screeching and laughing and kicking our little hearts out. But, what started as a ridiculous Wednesday afternoon playtime soon became a strangely competitive little kid gauntlet. See, I’m from one of those towns where girls’ soccer is the adults’ proxy for success in life. We had try-outs and traveling teams, ringer coaches and televised games. By 9 I was traveling all over the state, playing for trophies in front of newspaper reporters.
If you ask me (and you just did, didn’t you?), running is one of the greatest forms of exercise out there. Why? Well, you basically just need some shoes and you’re ready to go. No trip to the gym, no making sure you signed up for the class you want with the teacher you want, no need to join a league (although many people have a lot of fun with running clubs). No, just you and the road, the park, or the track at your local high school.
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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Feet. What would you do without them? First, imagine trying to walk if your legs just ended without any feet. Okay, you probably shouldn’t imagine that, it’s weird and kind of disgusting.
Seriously, though, think of how much you put your feet through on an average day and how well they hold up. Sure, they hurt sometimes, they get blisters, they get callused. They’re not always particularly attractive and they might not smell great. Still, though, they continue to work, often after being put through some pretty tough features of modern life–terrible shoes, unfriendly surfaces, foot-stressful activities like dancing and hard running.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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