Starting a Running Program While on the "Stay at Home" Order


Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.

For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.

I've realized that while on "stay at home" orders, some people are taking the opportunity to spend time outside. With the spring weather, it's a good time to take long walks and go for runs. People who have been meaning to start a running program are no doing just that, since it's something they can do safely on their own, while maintaining social distancing. We're starting to see some problems, with people getting foot or ankle pain because of their new running endeavors.

There are some guidelines that I like to share with my patients. First of all, be sure you stretch, either before your run or after you've warmed up. These should include a good calf stretch, quadriceps stretch, and hamstring stretch. Stretching properly is very important.

Also, it is common to run too much too soon. If you find that you are starting to develop some pain, ask yourself how fast are you increasing your mileage. You should only increase your mileage by about 10%. So if you ran 1 mile, your increase should be no more than 1.1 miles. It doesn't seem like much more but it will be easier for your body to adjust to the increase in mileage.

Finally, you may feel some symptoms centrally in your body, known as your core. We sometimes neglect our core when starting a running program. In addition to running, try simple exercises such as sit-ups, planks, pushups, or squats. A good strong core will help you when you start your running program.

When you're under home restriction, you are still able to get out and exercise, but do it safely. If you are having a foot or ankle problem, much of these issues can be handled virtually through telemedicine or we can see you here at the office. Feel free to contact us for an immediate appointment.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.