By Dr. Steve Smith, Pacers Founder and Team Doc Abdominal strength has a real and immediate effect on your running gait, and the faster you go, the more your abdominal muscles participate in your gait. Many running injuries can be traced back to weak core muscles that result in poor running biomechanics. If you are looking… more
By Dr. Steve Smith, Pasadena Pacer Founder and Team Doc We live in southern California where hot days are a fact of life. As such, it’s important we discuss some tips to keep you safe, healthy, and running. Run Early. If you are going long, go early. If you are training for a marathon and… more
By Dr. Steve Smith, Pacers Founder and Team Doc There are some people who can bend life to their own will. They can shape the universe to their own liking and they have the ability to shape your life as well. There have been many such people, these life-benders. You don’t have to look very… more
By Dr. Steve Smith “I have a pain in my knee, what should I do?” I overheard a runner ask his friend last week. I listened, mostly to see what kind of advice would be given, thinking the friend might be a physical therapist or a doctor. This could be good; I might pick up… more
If you have been a runner for any length of time at all, then you have no doubt heard of “Illiotibial band” or “IT band” syndrome. If you haven’t had it yet, then you probably know someone who has. Of the five most common running injuries, Illiotibial band syndrome ranks number one. This problem is… more
Runners Knee is when you feel pain in the patellar tendon, which is highlighted in the anatomy illustration below. It is usually located in the medial part of the  tendon. Weak quad muscles (Vastus Medialis) is the cause. Runners Knee Protocol: 1.You can try a patellar Strap 2. You can use the elliptical trainer, bike… more
Q: My big toe on the right foot is having this weird tingling pain. Does anyone has the same problem? What should I do to address it? A: This is a common problem and the solution for it is surprisingly simple. There is a nerve that runs over the top of the instep of your… more
Stretch 20 seconds per hour Night splint, every night Ice bottle after workout Use Super Feet to support your arches Elliptical trainer or Aqua Jogging or bicycle for the same duration that you normally run Avoid going barefoot, flip-flops or minimalist shoes  Support taping, elastikon and zonas porus  Do 2 sets of 10 repetitions daily… more
Ice after exercise 15-20 Minutes Compression sleeve may help Lower calf and shin stretch to be done every hour Ultrasound 2 times per week for 3 weeks Interferrential current Deep tissue Massage 2 to 3 minutes 1 to 2 times per   day. Do not massage directly on the bone. Rest from running (Relative rest) Decrease… more
Hi Everyone, Last week I started to experience pain along the outside of my right foot. It felt better after a few days rest and then started hurting again when I went out for a run today. I am a month out from my first marathon and just want it to GO AWAY. Any thoughts… more