Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What Holiday Weight?

Frustrated at those extra holiday pounds? Get on your feet!

"When women over age 40 increased their activity by an average of 3,520 steps (just over 1¾ miles) throughout the day, had a 5 pound weight loss in a year without changing their eating habits, reports a study in the journal Obesity. They also decreased dangerous belly fat by 12%."~ Prevention

Studies show that 30 minutes of brisk walking burns 150 calories (for the average person) and equals about 4,000 steps! Lace up those walking shoes and get moving! Those holiday pounds will be gone before you know it.

*To add steps to your day, try walking around the mall or grocery store before you begin shopping. At work, use a restroom on a different floor. When running errands, park in the furthest spot in the parking lot~ little changes can make a difference. You can also use a fitness tracker such as a fit bit or pedometer for better calculation and a little motivation too! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cross Training- Friend or Foe?

Whether you're recovering from the Charleston Marathon/Half, preparing for the Cooper River Bridge Run or just simply a routine runner you should ALWAYS make sure you are Cross Training (yes, even if you aren't preparing for an event).

"Cross Training builds strength and flexibility in muscles that running doesn't utilize. It prevents injury by correcting muscular imbalances. Runners have their obvious strengths: power, endurance, tenacity. But within those strengths lies the potential for weakness: quads that overpower our hamstrings, neglected upper bodies, and poor flexibility—qualities that could lead to problems and/or injuries." ~ Runners World

Cross-Training could be swimming, biking, yoga, pilates, weight lifting, walking or other forms of aerobic training. Cross-training days should be considered easy days that allow you to recover from the running you do the rest of the week.

If you are suffering from shin splints, heel pain, achey ankles or feet it may be due to a lack of cross training. By seeing us we can evaluate your problem and have you back on your feet in no time!

Charleston Office~Dr. Adam Brown
615 Wesley Dr. Ste 340 Charleston, SC 29407 (843)-225-5575

Mt. Pleasant Office~Dr. Andrew Saffer
501 Bramson Ct. Ste 301 Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 (843)-654-8250

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Countdown is On- Cooper River Bridge Run 2015

Countdown Update... 70 days to go until the Cooper River Bridge Run!

Our beginner 10k training schedule suggests a solid 8 weeks of training. We are at a little shy of 10 weeks out from the March 28th event. What should you be doing before training begins? 

- If you are a true beginner and do not run routinely or on occasion at all we suggest you start walking once a day. Just take a stroll around the neighborhood, whatever you have time for. This will prepare your ligaments, muscles and lungs for your upcoming training. 

- Gather your gear. If you need new shoes, now is the time to get some (and make sure you get properly fitted!). The weather has been a bit chilly so make sure you have some good warm weather gear (we know thick socks are cozy, but make sure you are wearing moisture wicking material even when it is cold- you will thank us later!). If you will be doing most your runs at night grab a headlamp- safety always comes first, and it gets dark pretty early this time of year. 

- Find a training buddy. Ask on facebook, join a runners' club, visit the Bridge Run Page. The best way to train safely and to stay motivated is to have a partner (or 5!). Map your runs, know your routes and never run without an ID on you. 

Stay tuned for more tips on training, injury prevention and more with the Carolina Foot Specialists blog. Please visit here for our Cooper River Bridge Run Schedules and Training Page

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Has Started On the Right Foot

2015 has gotten off to a great start for Carolina Foot Specialists! Since the first of the year we have launched a new & improved website, added three digital scanners for our custom orthotics AND have added an online appointment booking system through our website and Facebook page.

We are very excited about the things to come in 2015 and are looking forward to another year of giving BEST treatment options to our patients throughout Charleston and beyond.

Visit our new website and tell us what you think~

Check out the new options on Facebook such as Appointments & Locations ~

Our goal is to make seeing us a simple part of your day, from scheduling straight through your visit, we want all our patients to know we put them first. Whatever your aches, pains, injuries or concerns visit Carolina Foot Specialists for all your foot & ankle problems.

Charleston Office~Dr. Adam Brown, 
615 Wesley Dr. Ste 340 Charleston, SC 29407 (843)-225-5575

Mt. Pleasant Office~Dr. Andrew Saffer
501 Bramson Ct. Ste 301 Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 (843)-654-8250