Foot Care Study at the Tahoe Rim Trail 100

July 16, 2015 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Footcare 

This weekend is the running of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) series of trail runs – a 55K, 50-miler, and a 100-miler. After a lot of planning, the dream of doing a foot care study has materialized.

Tahoe Rim Trail Runs

Tahoe Rim Trail Runs

The TRT is perfect for a study. There are two main medical aid stations, Tunnel Creek and Diamond Peak. 55K runners are seen at Tunnel Creek twice. The 50-mile runners are seen at Tunnel Creek three times and Diamond Peak once. The 100-mile runners are seen six times at Tunnel Creek and twice at Diamond Peak. The multiple contacts offer increased opportunities to talk to the runners, work on their feet, and record what we see and do.

In addition to the personal contact, runners are being asked to participate in two online surveys. A pre-race survey asks about their running and injury history, choices in socks and footwear, and how they typically manage their feet. A post-race survey asks how the race went in regard to their feet.

After the event, the data will be compiled, studied, and a report or paper will be written. The aim is a formal paper that can be submitted to medical journals and later distributed to the running public.

The purpose of the TRT Foot Care Study is to learn:

  • Correlations of finishing rate against the number of miles run in training
  • Correlations of foot injuries / problems against miles run in training
  • Percentage of runners who are pro-active with foot care before the race
  • Effectiveness of footwear modifications
  • Effectiveness of lubricants / powers
  • Effectiveness of blister dressings / taping
  • Correlations of percentage of runners wearing gaiters against finishing rate and foot care injuries / problems

If you are one of the hundreds of runners doing the TRT this year, we hope you will participate in the study and surveys. Thank you.

The study will be supported by a number of professionals: Tonya Olsen (physical therapist), Kristy Gavigan (RN), George Miller (paramedic), Zak Weis (Podiatrist), Tracie Giambrone (Podiatrist), Doug Doxey (Podiatrist), and Andy Bussell (Chiropractor).

George Ruiz, the race director, and Dr. Andy Pasternak, the medical director, have been extremely helpful in making the study happen.

If you are at the TRT this weekend, we’d love to chat.

As we are able, some of the learnings from the study will be shared on this blog.

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