“Yeah, yeah, yeah, doc…I know I’m injured…but when can I run again?” Runners are unique people. They love what they do! They recognize that running is not just about maintaining health or getting into better shape. For many, running is a sort of “high” and a vital form of stress relief. Participants of the NY Road Runners Club or the local race community also find running to be a highly anticipated social event, so it’s understandable that our patients are eager to resume their usual schedule. Of course, you don’t want to end up re-injuring yourself or landing yourself in the operating room, either. While every case is specific to the individual, here are a few general guidelines to consider when deciding when to get back into training.
The most punishing thing I’ve ever done to my body was run a season of cross-country in high school. I was mostly a sprinter, but I dabbled in distance with 5Ks and competitive races here and there. Both styles of running threatened me with overuse injuries, considering I was running six days a week. With short distance sprints, I grimaced through shin splints, micro-tears in my arches, and occasional ankle pain. Cross-country brought patellar tendinitis in the knee and more shin splints. Fortunately, I made it through my running career without any of the major running injuries. Even so, it can be daunting to return to running after you’ve suffered some kind of physical setback.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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Manhattan Orthopedic and Sports Medicine 57 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 996-1900 See map here
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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