Choosing the Right Running Shoes


Why are shoes so important to a great run?

If you’re an avid runner, you know that shoes can make a difference in your performance. You might even need a different pair of shoes for running on varied surfaces. Let’s take a deeper look into the reasoning behind investing in a good running shoe.

The shoes you wear can prevent injury 

Running shoes are tailored to fit your foot for a specific purpose – running. A shoe designed for running may help to reduce the risk of potential injuries.  Even a good running shoe can breakdown due to wear.  It is important to monitor how many miles you have run in a shoe and to listen to how your body feels when running in a shoe.

How do I choose the right shoe?

When selecting an appropriate shoe, it is important to try on the shoes wearing the same type of socks you would wear to run.  Make sure you have enough room so your foot is comfortable.  You should have enough room for the width of your thumb between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.

If you’re not sure what type of shoe is best for you, you might consider consulting a specialist. Our Optimum Stride therapists are specifically trained to help with any type of running problem, whether it’s correcting your stride or recommending the right shoes. Schedule an appointment today:


Choosing the Right Running Shoes

What is a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement?

While a conventional shoulder replacement works for most patients, there are some cases that require a reverse shoulder replacement. Some common causes for a reverse shoulder replacement include:

  • Large or complete rotator cuff tears
  • Previously unsuccessful shoulder replacement
  • Severe shoulder pain that prevents raising the arm away from the side
  • Previously unsuccessful alternative options, like surgery or cortisone injections

What makes a reverse replacement different from a conventional replacement?

A normal total shoulder replacement implant mimics the natural shoulder joint, with the ball of the joint attached to the upper arm. The shoulder blade and rotator cuff form a “cup” where the ball fits and has space to rotate.

3d rendered illustration of a shoulder replacement

A reverse shoulder replacement, as the name implies, reverses the position of the ball and socket. The ball is now attached to the shoulder blade (or scapula) and the socket or “cup” is attached to the upper arm. This provides more mobility and muscle function in the affected shoulder.


What to expect before, during and after surgery

Your surgeon will evaluate your health and determine if you are a proper candidate for a reverse shoulder replacement. Be inform your medical team of any medications (including over the counter) you are currently taking, or of any chronic medical conditions before the surgery.

Before the procedure, you’ll discuss anesthesia options with your team, and decide which option is best. During the surgery, an incision is made at the front or on the top of your shoulder. Your surgeon will remove the damaged part of the bone and replace it with the implant components for the shoulder.

After surgery, range of motion exercises will be important to regaining your mobility and shoulder strength. Don’t overdo it though. Make sure to follow the doctor’s instructions to let your shoulder properly heal.

In your home, make sure things are placed in lower cabinets or below shoulder height. For the first few weeks post-surgery, you may require help with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning or bathing.

After your post-surgery rehabilitation is complete, your range of motion should be greatly increased and pain should be relieved.

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What is a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement?

What is a Joint Pain Seminar?

patientJoint pain can affect people in a variety of ways. From knees and ankles to shoulders and elbows, this pain can be long-lasting and lead to other issues. In some cases, however, there are specialized treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, that can provide some relief.

Nebraska Orthopaedic offers Joint Pain Seminars each month to discuss these issues. These seminars are designed to educate potential patients on their options before surgery, like total knee replacement or spine procedures.

“The Joint Pain Seminars are a great way for someone to learn the history of the procedures and how they are performed,” said Dr.  Joshua Urban, an orthopaedic surgeon and monthly Joint Pain Seminar presenter at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital. “The education benefit patients receive from simply attending a class can be a helpful tool in deciding whether they are the right candidate for surgery.”

Joint Pain Seminar topics include hip, knee and shoulder pain, as well as the details of a total joint replacement, including recovery and healing time. These monthly sessions are presented by one of Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital’s highly specialized, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons. The seminars cover diagnosis and both surgical and non-surgical treatment, but classes are intended to be very informal and patients are encouraged to ask questions. A quarterly spine pain seminar was recently added to the schedule.

“Anytime you can answer questions directly from someone considering treatment is a benefit,” said Dr. Matthew Hahn, a physiatrist and spine pain specialist who will be hosting the spine pain seminars. “These seminars allow the community to learn more about their possible conditions and what options are available to them.”

To find out more about the Joint Pain Seminars or to register for an upcoming session, please visit www.neorthohospital/patient-information/joint-pain-seminar.

What is a Joint Pain Seminar?