Memorial Day is only a few weeks away, and with the good weather in full swing, there is no better time than May 25 to engage in one of the most patriotic American activities. No, we’re not talking about baseball, barbecue or fireworks, as patriotic as these things may be. Instead, we’re talking today about an activity that is as healthy as it is American: Memorial Day running races.
According to runningintheusa.com, there are over 200 Memorial Day races going on around the country with dedicated runners celebrating by physical exertion those who sacrificed for our freedom. Perhaps you have been part of this great tradition of Memorial Day running but have been halted by arthritis.
While some forms of arthritis may indeed prevent long runs, we encourage you to talk with your doctor to find out a running regimen that is healthy and feasible for your level of arthritis. Getting back into racing or just casually running could be a strategy for keeping active, which is an important factor in preventing the worsening of arthritis.
We would like to share with you just a few of our products that could help with increased walking or running.
First, let’s start with wraps and splints that will help during the run, and then we’ll move on to those that could help after the run.
First, our Silipos foot sleeves can be used under the shoe during the run. The Silipos Gel Boot Bumper is a sleeve with two gel pads, one in the front and back for lower leg and heel protection. This protects against irritation from shoes and boots. It is lightweight in order not to add bulk.
The Silipos Gel Malleolar Sleeve is made of the same high-quality material. The gel pads are on the sides of the ankles to protect bony prominences from being rubbed by footwear and therefore aching.
Another tool to wear underneath your shoe is the 3pp Toe Loops 3 Pack. This holds problematic toe joints (hammer toes, for example) in line with a comfortable cushion strap.
Now lets look at some wraps for after running.
The Silipos Moisturizing Gel Heel Sleeves mold to comfort and moisturize dry, cracked skin on the foot and ankle. Enjoy the soothing comfort of this gel pad infused with medical grade mineral oil.
If your knee is what gets to bothering you, try the Thermoskins Arthritis Knee Wrap. This wrap holds the knee secure and straight and offers natural warmth and compression for those post-run aches.
Don’t let arthritis stop you from celebrating Memorial Day runs. It’s one of our country’s longest running traditions! Talk to your doctor and consider these helpful wraps and supports.