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By Dr. Philip Pinkser
May 28, 2013
Category: Running
Tags: Exercise   Running   posture  

If you are a runner, you know that there are several things to think about to make every run as effective as it can be. Proper posture is one element of the running form that will help you move efficiently, conserve energy and avoid injury. Foot specialist, Dr. Phil Pinsker has treated many runners with injuries and even a small complication can have you sidelined indefinitely.

What kind of posture should I have while I run?

When it comes to finding the right posture, start at the top and work your way down.

  • Your head is the starting point and will guide your overall posture. Look ahead naturally and keep your chin parallel to the ground. This will also help to straighten your neck and back.
  • Think of the two “L’s” when it comes to your shoulders: low and loose. You may be tempted to hunch them up as you get tired so try to focus on keeping them level as you run.
  • Your arms should be kept bent at a 90-degree angle and swing forward and back, not across your body. Keep your hands relaxed as clenched fists will use energy and create tension.
  • If your head and shoulders are where they should be, your torso will follow. Run straight and tall to promote optimal lung capacity. This will also maximize the length of each stride. Keep your hips facing forward instead of swinging side-to-side.

This may seem like a lot to think about and may take some practice but it will pay off. If you are a runner struggling to find a rhythm because of foot pain, our podiatric office in Washington, PA can help. Call us today at (724) 225-7410 or visit us online www.washingtonfootdoc.com


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
May 14, 2013
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Muscle cramps   obesity   muscle pain  

A foot cramp can attack suddenly, in the middle of the night or while you are simply minding your own business and have you gripping your foot in pain. It feels like every nerve is being stabbed and squeezed and you can only wait until it is over.

Why do foot cramps happen?

Understanding foot cramps will help you learn what you can do about them. A foot cramp is essentially a muscle cramp.  Cramps can affect any muscle in your body and cramps in legs and feet are very common. When they occur in the bottom of your feet, it is due to a muscle being forced to contract and unable to relax.

A foot cramp can happen at any time, even when you are sleeping. While they are not life threatening, they are very uncomfortable so take a look at these factors that can contribute to you having a foot cramp:

  • Exercising too hard or for too long and strenuous physical activity can cause overuse injuries and muscle cramps (Read more about exercising at home)
  • Muscles are composed of over 60% water and cramps are a side effect of dehydration
  • Having low potassium and sodium levels in your diet can result in cramps
  • Muscle strain or holding a position for a long period of time
  • Being overweight or over 65 years of age can make you prone to foot cramps (Read more about weight loss and healthy feet)

Even something as small as a foot cramp is worth treating. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA can provide many treatment options to reduce the occurrence of foot cramps and get you back to your life without worry of when the next one will strike. Call our office today (724) 225-7419 or request an appointment online