It can be tricky in the dead of winter when the wind is howling and flurries are swirling around to get out and exercise! If you are a runner or want to stay active, there is a great indoor event coming up in West Hartford, CT. It is called the Give it a Tri 2014, happening on February 22, 2014. This race will involve a 15-minute swim, 30 minutes on the stationary bike and 30 minutes on the treadmill. Points are awarded for the distance made in each leg.
Feet take a pounding while running, and if you run on a regular basis, you can probably attest to the soreness and discomfort that can hit you afterwards. Aside from rest and a nice foot soak, a foot massage can do wonders to alleviate pain and get back in gear for the next challenge. The muscles and connective tissues in your feet are sensitive and have to work hard each time the foot strikes the ground. Massage relaxes tight muscles and stimulates blood flow. This boost in circulation keeps inflammation and soreness at bay.
One helpful foot massage for runners is to rest your foot on top of a golf ball and roll it back and forth to get a good massage in the arch. This is helpful in easing tension in the plantar fascia. Another easy tool to try is a frozen water bottle. Rolling your foot over this eases achiness and the cold helps reduce any swelling.
If you are experiencing significant pain after running, there may be more going on under surface. It could be a footwear problem or an unseen injury that needs treatment. Contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery for help. Call our office in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.