Reduce Pain With Good Running Shoes and Chiropractic
By Paul Rothbart
Runners are a dedicated bunch. They churn out their miles, day after day, in all kinds of weather. It keeps them in top shape, provides satisfaction when beating personal bests, and perhaps earns bragging rights by winning a few races. But pounding out those runs can also take a toll on the body causing knee, hip, and even back pain. There are ways to minimize pain. A quality pair of running shoes and seeing a chiropractor can both be helpful in that regard.
Quality Running Shoes
A good running shoe should have a firm sole with just enough flex to allow your foot to bend as you roll through strides. You want a good tread on the bottom to reduce the risk of slipping. A fall could cause serious injury. Running shoes should have sufficient padding to absorb the shock of your feet landing with each step. This force travels to the knees, hips, and low back. Shoes that are lightweight can feel nice and lessen fatigue. Just be sure they are sturdy. Fit is also of extreme import. Your feet will slide around in shoes that are too big and that could cause blisters. Shoes that are too tight can cut off circulation and bring on pain. Runners should replace their shoes every 400-500 miles.
Breaking in New Shoes
It is not advisable to go out and run a 10K in a brand new pair of shoes. Running shoes should be broken in to allow them to conform to your feet. For this reason, hold on to your old shoes until the new ones are good to go. The first few runs in a new pair of shoes should be limited to 3-5 miles at an easy pace. Pushing too hard right off the back can cause pain in the feet, legs, and back. Gradually build up pace and mileage until you are comfortably doing your normal runs.
See a Chiropractor
Wearing good shoes and changing them when needed can certainly help reduce pain. There is something else that may help. Many runners find regular chiropractic care also helps them keep going. A chiropractor can find subluxations in the back or joints can adjust them. This can maximize range of motion in the joints and keep the back healthy and pain-free. Some people also find they sleep better as a result of chiropractic care. There is no denying how important sleep is to a runner.
Runners can seem unstoppable, but pain can slow them down. Good shoes changed regularly can go a long way toward minimizing that problem. If you're a runner, consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment and you may find that seeing a chiropractor can help you keep going comfortably mile after mile.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.