NY1 spoke to Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH, DSc, director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service at HSS, who discussed foot care tips for marathon runners.
Dr. Positano noted, "It is such an amazing task to be able to run that 26.2 miles. But people don’t realize is just what a beating the feet take on a daily basis. When people have a foot issue, they have to realize not only is it effecting the person’s foot, it has a direct impact on the knee, the hip and the back. So when we look at these runners, they’re actually also putting themselves at risk for developing other issues.”
“If you’re injured don’t run the marathon,” continued Dr. Positano. “You need to listen to your body.”
Before participating in a marathon, Dr. Positano underscored the importance to stretch adequately – especially the Achilles tendon and the calf. Ice, ibuprofen and rest are suggested remedies following the race. “People need to give themselves a little time to sort of relax and let their foot relax at least a week or so,” advised Dr. Positano.
This segment appeared during the 7am news hour on November 1, 2019.