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On Your Knees
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What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
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Pelvis Sighting
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It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
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Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
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Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Putting Your Feet First


Among the primary causes of repetitive-stress injuries are tight Achilles tendons and hamstrings. Indeed, half of the people seeking care at the Louisiana State University Runner's Clinic showed improvement of their injuries after participating in a six-week stretching program.

Poorly fitted or inappropriate shoes also contribute to injuries. Make sure you are not running in aerobics shoes or performing aerobics in running shoes, or that your daily-wear shoes, such as high heels, are not contributing to your problem.

Exercise on an even, cushioned surface for three to six weeks and take a close look at your training techniques and equipment before consulting your podiatrist about orthotics. It could be that a better-fitting shoe, and not orthotics, is the solution to your discomfort.

Indeed, Dr. Mohr of the University Podiatry Group cautioned that orthotics are not the answer to everyone's problems.

Orthotics may not work if the diagnosis is incorrect, if the lab constructing the orthotic makes an error or if the cast of your foot is improperly made.

Breaking In Your Orthotics

It may take several weeks for you to adjust to the sensation of having something in your shoe. Also, one pair of orthotics may not fit into all your shoes.

If you need them in dress shoes, bring a pair in so the orthotic can be made for them.

It can take several months for you to notice any benefits, so don't give up if your pain has not been alleviated in a week or two.

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About the authors: Carol L. Otis, M.D., is Chief Medical Advisor to the Sanex WTA and UCLA student health physician. Roger Goldingay is a former professional soccer player. They are married and the co-authors of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide.

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