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December 2013 
Welcome to the Dr. Lee Cohen community.  Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in podiatric care.   We focus on addressing treatment, injury prevention, and athletic performance enhancement.

Doc. C's Winter Shoe Picks
Once again Runner's World has released their winter of 2013 shoe guide.  Here are some of your choices.  Most of them appear on our office recommended shoe list. The shoes are getting kind of expensive so you better shop around.  This is a great time to check your orthodics to make sure they haven't broken down.  Here are my picks for a this winter:
Neutral Shoes

 My favorite and my own recent purchase is the Asics Gel Nimbus.  They seem to fit with my inserts better than the new Glycerin or Ghost, both however are comfortable.  There's not much change, but there seems to be a lower toe box.
                                       asics nimbus
 The Nike Pegasus, Nike Vomero,  and Asics Cumulus are still reliable neutral cushion shoes at a reasonable price.

Stability Shoes



On the stability side for running shoes, I still like the Asics Gel Kayano, Nike Zoom structure 17, and the Brooks Ravenna.I haven't tried the new balance 890 V4, but Runners World Mag: gave it best update. It has a lot of heal cushioning and forefoot cushioning with stability featuring a lower drop from the heel to the forefoot at 9.5 mm.




The old standby Brooks Addiction and Mizuno Prophecy 3, although too expensive, are still great for severe flat-footed runners.






The always popular Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 still provides a lot of stability for the pronated foot. The Saucony Guide 7 is a nice soft, yet stable, shoe for both men and women. This shoe provides a lot of forefoot cushioning as well.




Winter Running Tips

Here are some great tips I found for running during the winter. I can't stand running on the treadmill, so hopefully these will help keep us on the run outdoors!


Set a Specific Goal: New Years Resolution?! There is nothing more motivating than to train for a race or specific goal. You can plan to run a 5K, half marathon or reach a number of miles every month. You'll have instant motivation in knowing you have to train for the race or hit your target mileage. Reward yourself when you reach your goals, then set another one.


Run With a Buddy or Group: Make your workouts safe and social. You'll have a built in motivational source, a friend to chat with along the way and it is safer to run in numbers. Running with others (or pets) is a great way to beat the winter doldrums. If that's not enough motivation, reward yourself with a fun race destination like Arizona, Florida or even Mexico.


Accessorize: Having the right apparel makes all the difference in the world. Layering is the key to avoiding over- or under-dressing. Consider wearing a layer that blocks the wind; pants, tights and top that wick the moisture away from your skin; and, for the coldest days, a mid-layer that fits more loosely-like fleece-that insulates and moves the moisture from your base layer away from your skin.

Your winter running wardrobe should include a running jacket, hat or headband, gloves, tights and a few long-sleeve shirts. Your body temperature increases as you run, so you don't need many layers in most winter conditions.

Dress for 15 to 20 Degrees Warmer: Over-dressing is easy to do in winter running. Dressing for 15 to 20 degrees warmer than it actually is will allow your body temperature to increase and reduce the risk of overheating and excessive sweat. You should feel chilled when you walk out the door. If you are toasty warm, remove a layer. Less is more.

Run During Light and Warmer Times of Day: If possible, run during daylight hours so you can absorb that needed sunshine we rarely get in the winter. You'll get your miles in during the warmest time of day and come back with a smile on your face.

Be Seen: If you run when it is dark out, wear a reflective vest or flashing lights so you're seen by traffic. In snowy weather, wear bright clothing. Run with identification or a runner's I.D. in your shoe or pocket-just in case.

Stay Low: Shorten your running stride and keep your feet lower to the ground. You will run more efficiently and reduce the risk of slipping, falling or straining muscles. Choose to run on fresh snow rather than ice or packed snow. You will get better traction on fresh snow and reduce the chance for slipping. Watch out for snow-covered cracks and holes in the road.

Take Extra Time To Warm Up: Your body will warm up more slowly in cold weather, especially if you run in the morning. Take at least five minutes to walk briskly before you start to run. It may take 10 to 15 minutes of running before you are completely warmed up and in your running tempo. Take a hot shower to pre-warm your muscles or put your clothes in the dryer on hot for a few minutes then head out for your run.

Hydrate: It is just as important to drink fluids in your winter runs as it is in the summer. Make sure to hydrate before, during and after your runs to avoid dehydration. Use warm fluids in your water bottle or tuck it under your jacket to avoid freezing.

Start into the Wind: Start your run into the wind so you have the wind at your back on your way home. You'll avoid getting chilled by the wind after you've been sweating.

Keep it Fun: Mix up your route, run through the neighborhood holiday lights or run a holiday race. It will get you outside and enjoying winter rather than cursing it.


(Adapted from Runner's World, 2013)



Dr. Lee S. Cohen