Are you a runner with foot pain? It may be your running shoe.

In the sport of running, one piece of equipment matters most: your shoes. That is why manufacturers from all around the world are constantly trying to perfect the running shoe. In order to decrease injuries, they say, they provide a variety of different options vying for your attention. Motion control, stability factors, cushion, arch support, even lightweight “barefoot” shoes designed to mimic your natural foot have made the scene, all promising you better support and less injuries.

But when it comes to the hype, how do you know what is really best for your feet?

why your running shoe may be causing foot pain Why Your Running Shoe May Be Causing Foot Pain

Study after study has been performed on people that purchase running shoes according to arch support. Once it is determined whether a runner has high, low or even neutral arches, they are given a shoe that fits their requirements. Then they are put through a 12 week training regiment to determine the impact of the shoes on their feet. Consistently the researches noted that there wasn’t any correlation between they type of running shoe, foot type, and the frequency of pain.

During the study, they did notice one thing however: the correlation between motion control running shoes and greater levels of pain. The more motion control a running shoe has, the more support it has, the more the thickness of the shoe may shut down sensor control, providing more possibility for injury.

When you look at all the research and evaluate which running shoe is best to protect and prevent injury, it quickly becomes apparent that the best place to put your focus is on selecting a running shoe that fits the width, length and shape of your feet best. Make sure the midsole region is comfortable. The size should match to give you adequate support through the midsole – the widest part of your foot – and provide a few millimeters of space between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. Also focus in on the type of runner you are – a heel striker should look for more padding in the heel region, a midfoot striker should focus on padding through the ball of your foot.

As a general rule, if you purchase a lightweight stability shoe that match the shape of your feet and feel comfortable from the beginning, you should have adequate support for your running endeavor. Change them out frequently, and you’ll lessen the likelihood of pain in your feet.

Colorado is one of the greatest places to live; a place that boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year. And if you head out to any of the hundreds of miles of trails we have right here in Denver, or anywhere throughout the Rocky Mountains, chances are you’ll find someone soaking up the sun and running at the same time. Its what we do here.

But if you are a regular jogger or runner, you’ve probably experienced more than just a sun tan; you’ve probably experienced runner’s knee as well.

chiropractic care for the runners knee Chiropractic Care For The Runners Knee

Runner’s knee is commonly described as an aching or throbbing in the knee cap. If you’ve experienced runner’s knee in the past, chiropractic can help you decrease the pain and increase the mobility and range of motion of the knee by working on the surrounding musculoskeletal structure and ligaments.

Then once your knee is back in shape and ready to go, try these four tips to help you remain in great condition.

1. Always start with an anti-inflammatory diet. Certain foods contribute to the pain and swelling that can take place around the knee cap. Eliminate foods such as dairy, excessive sugars and processed foods from your diet.

2. Stretch and strengthen your knees and legs. Your knees are one of the most sensitive parts of your legs. While running will keep you healthy, stretching before hand will keep your knees healthy. Work with a personal trainer to come up with a good series of stretches to use every day. Also work to take smaller steps while hiking, and avoid large stretches when taking stairs or climbing uphill terrain to avoid extra pressure on your knees.

3. Change your routine on a regular basis. You’ve probably heard the saying too much of a good thing can be bad. If you are following the same exercise routine and running the same patterns day in and day out, this can be true. Instead, give yourself variety. Move from cement to asphalt to a treadmill for different surfaces. Switch from cardio to weight training to keep your entire body in balance.

4. Always share with your chiropractor your daily routines. If you’ve been experiencing runner’s knee, share the information at each visit. He will be able to work with you and provide you with guidance on how to improve the feeling in your knee and your performance overall. He can also make adjustments to improve any structural and postural misalignments, which will help shift your weight and give you better alignment overall. All of which can actually improve the way you run, and cut down on the likelihood for future pain as well.

How Chiropractic Can Help With Arthritis How Chiropractic Can Help With Arthritis

Having any form of arthritis can be damaging to your quality of life. When your body is aching and in pain, it makes it difficult to enjoy much of anything – walking is a painful challenge, even going up and down the stairs in your home brings you pain. Your joints are stiff and sore, making even the littlest tasks painful.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It can be caused by a number of factors, including obesity, previous injuries, and repetitive motions.

Osteoarthritis involves three stages: dysfunction, instability, and stabilization. Read more

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome Frozen Shoulder SyndromeFrozen shoulder syndrome is a term that many people use incorrectly when there is an injury to the shoulder. There is more to frozen shoulder syndrome than just a mere injury.

Whenever there is restricted movement or pain in your shoulder, it needs to be evaluated by a medical professional to determine the exact extent of injury and correct treatment.

How do you Know Its Frozen Shoulder?

When you experience the inability to use your shoulder at the joint or ball and socket in the shoulder, it could be due to frozen shoulder syndrome. The exact reason that it occurs is due to inflammation in the cartilage that surrounds the ball and socket, which restricts the movement of the shoulder.

The Stages

There are three stages that most people experience with this syndrome – the freezing, frozen and thawing stage.

Freezing Stage – When the pain begins to set in, this is the freezing stage. It typically follows a traumatic event, such as a spontaneous injury, heart attack or even prolonged immobilization of the arm. This stage is typically painful, but there is not 100% restriction of the use of the shoulder. It can still be moved, it will just be painful. Read more

How Chiropractic Can Help TMJ 1024x682 How Chiropractic Can Help TMJ

Think chiropractic is only for back pain? Think again.  Chiropractic care could also be highly effective in other areas of personal discomfort…including TMJ.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (also known as TMJ) is a condition that affects the jaw.  This condition can be very painful at times and tends to disrupt an individual’s normal daily routine.  You might be suffering from TMJ if you have any of the following symptoms:

Pain that radiates through the face, neck, jaw, and back.

Grinding or clicking when opening or closing the mouth.

A loss of motion or locking of the jaw.

An alteration in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.

Headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems, or difficulty swallowing. Read more

What You May Not Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What You May Not Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have a tingling sensation in your hands and wrists?  Do they become numb or painful?  You might find yourself wondering if you have joined the ranks plagued by a common complaint of our day: carpal tunnel syndrome.

Did you know that carpal tunnel syndrome is not the only problem that can cause the symptoms you are suffering with?  In fact, quite often what is diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome actually has nothing to do with a wrist issue at all. Read more

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Arthritis Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Arthritis?

“My mother has been living with arthritis for years. She’s seen doctor after doctor, and tried many different types of pain medication. Nothing helps, and her joint pain continues to come back stronger than ever. Can chiropractic treatment help, even if she’s been dealing with arthritis for years?”

Millions of people suffer from arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis, both of which distress the joints.  Arthritis causes great pain for the afflicted individual, and while there are many over-the-counter medications and even prescription medications to help alleviate the pain, there is no known cure for arthritis. The most a doctor can do is try to help people manage the symptoms and the pain.

For this reason, chiropractic treatment is becoming a popular way to alleviate the pain involved with arthritis. Chiropractic care involves a natural approach to pain relief and many people appreciate this natural way of battling arthritis. Instead of putting various chemicals into their bodies in hopes of pain relief, people have found chiropractic treatment a safe and natural alternative. Read more

How to Treat Carpal Tunnel with Chiropractic How to Treat Carpal Tunnel with Chiropractic

In this age of computers, more and more workers are working with their hands. If you are in an office, you are probably at work at a computer eight hours a day, five days a week.  Even if you are out in the field, you still are using smart phones, laptops and tablets for everything from sales and invoicing, to research and maintenance. Computers are now a part of virtually all of our lives, and there is no way to avoid it.

With this constant barrage of hand work, is it any wonder that 60% of work related injuries fall within the Carpal Tunnel category?  Carpal Tunnel can be extremely painful and detrimental to work and normal life.  So is there a way to treat the problem aside from the typical wrist supports and Aspirin? Read more

If you ever experience back pain, you probably visit your chiropractor to help ease the pain when nothing else works. Chiropractors are known for helping people that suffer from chronic back pain to experience relief. Simple adjustments to the spine can help patients get relief from their aching backs.

If you have ever experienced shoulder pain, you may not know where to turn for relief. It might surprise you to know that your chiropractor may be able to alleviate all or some of your shoulder pain.

How A Chiropractor Can Help With A Shoulder Injury How A Chiropractor Can Help With A Shoulder Injury

Chiropractors are not just doctors for back pain. Chiropractors are more than capable of relieving bone and joint pain in your shoulders, too. The shoulder area is comprised of joints, the spot where two bones meet, allowing the movement of your arm. Chiropractors understand bones and joints. They can relieve your shoulder pain with massage techniques and gentle adjustments, much like the pain relief they provide to your back.

By simply massaging and rotating your shoulder, your chiropractor will be able to determine if any of the joints are catching. If they are catching, they are probably out of alignment. Your chiropractor can adjust your shoulder and possibly provide you with relief. If your chiropractor determines that there may be an injury to your shoulder, he or she can refer you to a specialist for further investigation. If the shoulder pain does not stem from an injury, your chiropractor can help you come up with a treatment plan to relieve the pain. Read more

How Chiropractic Care Can Help TMJ How Chiropractic Care Can Help TMJ

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between the upper and lower jaw. TMJ is not only the name of the joint on either side of your mouth but it is also the term used to describe disorders of this joint.

TMJ is a painful condition of the joint. If you have pain when you open and close your mouth, you may have TMJ. The key to solving TMJ without surgery is to treat it quickly. Instead of waiting until the pain is unbearable, seek treatment for TMJ at the first sign of discomfort. And while your first instinct may be to head to your dentist, your chiropractor may be a better choice.

Even though TMJ applies to the joints of the jaw, a chiropractor is trained to fix problems related to misalignments. TMJ is a misalignment of the jaw. Your chiropractor can provide massage and adjustment techniques to bring you relief.

If your TMJ is a result of back problems, your chiropractor can treat the source by adjusting your spine. Over time, your TMJ will diminish. Read more

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