There’s nothing like being surrounded by a group of people who can motivate you to do something you love. That’s probably why many runners here in New York City look to join running clubs. Here in NYC, there are clubs for competitive long-distance runners, as well as hobbyists who like to socialize and meet other fit New Yorkers. Niche groups include African-American women runners, LGBTQ runners, and 50+ silver runners, with new groups added each month.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see tons of runners, especially leading up to the New York City Marathon. We often recommend this active pursuit to our patients—as long as they’re willing to take good care of their feet and invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes a few times a year to prevent foot injuries from running.
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
The average marathon takes approximately 33,000 steps to complete. Though much of marathon relies on core, quad, and glute strength, it is our feet that take the worst beating. Sometimes the aching and pounding can persist more than a few hours. Life after a marathon goes on, but spending extra time on foot care, for runners, can help heal feet faster.
Are soft running shoes good for you? A new study published in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that one type of running shoe increases the risk of lower leg pain and injury more than others. The research by the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE Lab) at Oregon State University-Cascades is the first of its kind to take such a rigorous look at the impact of maximal shoes.
The NYC Marathon is fast approaching on November 4th. If you want to be one of the 50,000+ finishers, you’ve got to keep up with a steady amount of training through October. Fortunately, there are some really fun events you can participate in that will give your training an immediate sense of purpose. And who doesn’t love a good post-race party? Your foot and ankle specialist friends here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine recommend the following October races in NYC. Remember, if you have any ounce of pain, do not hesitate to contact us for a full range of treatment options that will keep you in tip-top shape before the big finale next month.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we’re always on the cutting edge of new technology, especially advancements that could benefit our patients. This latest technology offers an exercise solution that can be done from the comfort of your home. You may be familiar with Peloton for their home spin class experience, but did you know they offer a treadmill for running at home, too? Like their cycles, the Peloton Tread offers a live-stream connection to the unit’s built-in video monitor to broadcast fitness classes in real-time or on-demand with NYC fitness trainers. Peloton opened a dedicated fitness studio to keep the programming streaming. Classes fall across a broad spectrum from boot camps to circuit training, according to Men’s Health, who got a sneak peek at the new system.
Staten Island construction crews broke ground on a new 5K cross-country running trail at Clove Lakes Park last month. The design phase of the project began in June 2015. Procurement wrapped up in October 2017, with construction of the $1.9 million “state-of-the-art” trail officially underway. The restored trail is scheduled to open in March 2020 as a “safer, more environmentally friendly” place for Staten Islanders to enjoy the natural elements.
The marathon world record held by Dennis Kimetto in 2014 stood firm at two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds—that is, until Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge stunned audiences in May 2017 with a chilling two hour and 25-second completion. To put things into perspective, that’s about a 4.5-minute mile pace… for 28.2 miles straight. His secret weapon was Nike’s new Vaporfly 4% running shoe, specifically designed to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Prior to Kipchoge’s record, Oklahoma runner Camille Herron beat the 100-mile record with an astonishing time of 12:42:39—shaving more than an hour (8%) off the previous time. She, too, wore the Nike Vaporfly running shoe.
High Snob Society called the release of Nike’s Vaporfly one of the “12 Biggest Sneaker Moments of 2017,” while a writer for NBC News wondered if this was “the shoe that will rewrite marathon history.” As NYC sports medicine doctors, we were keenly interested to learn more about these highly-acclaimed running shoes. Here’s a rundown of the Nike Vaporfly’s innovative design and how it might affect your run.
“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.
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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
The Lower Hudson Journal Newsreports that running is a dying sport in New York City. While thousands of participants have signed up for the Yonkers marathon, half-marathon, and 5K runs in years past, 2017 saw fewer than 200 people running in all three races combined. The 5K, for instance, attracted a paltry 41 racers. The newspaper reports the runs were “organized last minute” and “fraught with registration glitches, little advertising, and no sponsorship.” It was also dwarfed by the Riverfest celebration that drew 25,000 revelers the day before. This declining marathon participation in New York begs the question: is there still a passion for running events in NYC?
“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!!!”
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