If it is...then we are the right practice for you! At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic, both myself and Dr. Arain are runners. I have run 3 marathons and countless half marathons (LOVE the BLING) and Dr. Arain is a big fan of the Soldier Field 10 Miler and is training for the Chicago marathon this fall.
When you are being treated for a running injury, whether it be a blister or a stress fracture, it is imperative that your doctor runs too! Why? They need to understand your training, what it will feel like to take time off, frankly...they need to share your passion.
There is no day that goes by when I am not discussing a return to running regimen with an injured athlete...or talking about their 20 miler coming up! And lets face it, trying to explain to someone who doesn't run why that long run is so important is impossible. I see many patients who tell me their other doctors just told them to "stop running". I am a runner and understand that this is NOT AN OPTION!!
It is rare that I tell someone to stop running. Only in the instance of a broken bone, stress fracture or a really bad case that we just can't get better any other way, will you hear those words out of my mouth. I have cried with my patients when I tell them the race they have been training for for months is out of reach because of an injury. I truly feel their pain!
And if I tell a patient not to do the 2nd 20 miler and keep their eye on the prize, they know...I have been there...done that. They can trust me and my advice.
Whether you run for physical fitness, for mental health, or because it's part of who you are; at PPFAC we understand you.
You will find that runners are VIP's in our practice and frankly a runner who can't run is an emergency and will ALWAYS be offered an appointment within 24 hours. It might not be the most convenient time...but we will fit you in somewhere!
So what are you waiting for? Come to PPFAC where you find runners treating runners.