Achilles Tendinitis: A Weak Link in Your Boston Marathon Training?

Swelling in the Achilles tendon plagues athletes, especially runners, more than others. More often than not, that area does not get warmed up enough before physical activity occurs. If you are training for the next Boston Marathon, then you will want to make sure to...

Spotlight on Technology: Sensoria Smart Socks

Sensoria Smart Socks are a new technology that allows you to wear a sock and an anklet that reports pressure information to an app on your phone or your tablet. This information allows you to see if there is an area of your foot that is putting more pressure in a...

Red, Swollen Toenails: A Common Hurt in Running

The popular Nike empire, which encourages athletes of all kinds once quoted, “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” While there is truth in that saying, it is also true that if you have a foot injury, it is best to listen. It...

Why Would Someone Run Barefoot?

One of the fastest growing trends within the running community is one that many people find odd and dangerous. This new fad is called “barefoot running” in which people do not wear shoes at all during a run or wear a new type of shoe called “barefoot...

Why Does My Big Toe Feel Stiff When I Run?

Running is a great form of exercise – it can be done anywhere, at any time and anyone can do it! There is a lot of stress on your feet and ankles though while you run and we often encounter patients coming in with various complaints. Just the other day we had someone...

Dash Away from Sesamoiditis Pain

Sesamoiditis is a condition that is most frequently seen in runners. If you ran the Boston Marathon this year, or just enjoy running on your own or with friends, you have probably experienced running pain at some point. Pain that is centered in the ball of your foot...

How to Start a Running Program or Prepare for a Marathon

Running requires stamina. The ability to allow your muscles and tendons to get used to the workload you put on your body is important when considering running long distances.  Rest is very important in between runs.  The amount of days you take breaks should not be...

Replace Last Season’s Running Shoes

The Freedom Trail Run 5k is this Saturday June 28th in Boston. If you are a regular runner you probably know the difference that good running shoes can make. It’s a good idea to know how to choose good shoes for running because you don’t want to needlessly sustain an...

Why do the pads of my feet burn when I run?

Running is extremely healthy for you but can cause pain in the foot.  When people run long distances there can be burning and numbness type pain that typically will occur. Burning can be a sign of friction in one spot causing either a callus or a blister,  If a runner...

Running Blister-Free this Fourth of July

This Independence Day is the 4th of July Road Race in North Andover. It’s a great run with a lot of chances to improve your running times. To make sure you aren’t sidelined when race day rolls around or even during the race, you might want to read these tips on how to...

As a runner, what do I do with a blister on my foot?

When we run, we develop increased friction on different parts of our feet and ankles due to repetitive motions. Increased friction will cause pressure on the skin, especially in bony areas. The most common place to see a blister is on top of the toes, near the bunion...

Are Injuries Slowing You Down?

Running on a regular basis has its benefits from a mental, physical and emotional viewpoint. There is no better feeling than having accomplished a good long run. But if you have been doing this for a long time you will deal with injuries, most commonly...

Replacing Worn Out Running Shoes

This Saturday, November 1 is a post-Halloween scare in the form of Panic in the Dark. This Lowell tradition is a fantastic way to get a good run in while having fun with zombies all at the same time. You will want to make sure your running shoes are in tip-top shape...

Know Your Arches to Run Your Best Race

This Thanksgiving Day the Feaster Five Road Race takes place in Andover, MA. This tradition is fun for the whole family. Whether you are a seasoned runner or are brand new to the sport, it is important to know what type of arches you have. Avoiding arch pain will make...

What You Should Know about Running with High Arches

October is the month for ghosts and goblins and all things spooky—although runners are usually less afraid of ghouls than of injuries that can keep them off their feet. Don’t let having high arches make you scared to run! You can still lace up those running shoes;...

How Cold Weather Affects Your Running

Although this winter has had its ups and downs (one minute there’s a blizzard, the next it’s in the 50s!), it’s still important to know about the effects that cold weather may have on your running. Plenty of good marathons are coming up, and you don’t want to do...

Warming Up Before a Run

Any marathoner worth their salt knows the importance of warming up properly before a big race. There is a right way to warm up and a wrong way, and we are going to show you how to get your body ready to engage in long-distance running so that you avoid injuries....

Preparing Your Feet for Spring Training

The end of winter and the beginning of spring is always marked by one thing: spring training. Spring sports—such as baseball—mark the change of seasons by getting their teams to training camps to begin preparing for the coming season. Whether you’re on a professional...

How to Run Without Hurting Your Feet

Running is a passion shared by millions, and most of them, including some of the planet’s top athletes, still have trouble preventing pain and injury. Plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, shin splints, and toenails that become ingrown, turn black, or fall off—all...