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Preparing your feet for running the KDF Marathon and Mini

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With the Kentucky Derby Festival marathon and mini-marathons around the corner, it's time to get your feet in gear.

Proper running shoes is a must to protect your feet. Podiatrist, Dr. Dawn Michels says you first need to determine your foot type.

Are you a Pronator? Supinator? Do you need shock absorption or motion control.

Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dawn Michels, D.P.M., explains some simple ways to determine the best shoe and fit for your foot type and how to avoid some common foot injuries from wearing the wrong shoes.

I. Definitions
1. Pronation: flat footed, little to no arch when standing
2 Supination: High arched foot when standing

II. Shoe Type
1. Pronator: support, stability, motion control
2. Supinator: Shock absorption, cushioning

III. How to buy the right shoes
1. Get measured, both feet, and fit the largest foot
2. Go shopping at the end of the day when your feet are tired, may be swollen and up to 8% larger than in the morning
3. Wear the socks that you will use with the shoe
4. Need 1/2 inch of room from the end of the longest toe to the tip of the shoe, when standing
5. Take time to walk, run, or jump
6. If they are not comfortable in the store, do not buy!

IV. Injuries from the wrong shoe (to name a few)
1. Wrong size: blisters, corns/calluses, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, bunions
2. Too Old: Stress fractures, heel pain/plantar fasciitis, sprains, and tendinitis
3. Wrong type of shoe: fractures, heel pain, ankle sprains

To get more information on the proper shoes for your feet or foot injuries, contact:

Dawn Michels, D.P.M
Foot and Ankle Specialists
4119 Browns Lane #2
Louisville, Ky 40220
3020 Charlestown Crossing
New Albany, IN 47150

About Dawn Michels:
She is a board certified Podiatrist who treats all aspects of the foot and ankle including sports injuries, custom orthotics, fractures, sprains, ingrown toenails, heel pain, and plantar fasciitis. She is a member of the APMA and KYPMA. She prides herself in providing outstanding care and service to all her patients.


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