Recommended Running Items

Photo by Chris Brown via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Chris Brown via Wikimedia Commons

By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Las Vegas Informer

Increase running performance and minimize injury risk with these health and fitness items. Prevent and manage running-related injuries by correctly utilizing these valuable items. They are great gifts for yourself and others.

Running Shoes: Good running shoes help maximize performance and minimize injury risk. Proper fitting and supporting running shoes are imperative for all runners. To ensure proper fit and support buy a gift certificate or bring the runner to the store to try on and test run the shoes.

Custom Fit Orthotics: Custom fit orthotics help lessen the damaging effects of overpronation and improve foot biomechanics. Custom fit orthotics are molded to fit the runner’s individual needs and provide the exact needed amount of support and stabilization.

Foam Roller: A foam roller is a durable piece of rehabilitation equipment that lessens muscle tension and expedites recovery. The foam roller allows the runner to perform self-pressure point therapy. The foam roller is a cylindrical shaped piece of hard foam and is available in several lengths and densities.

Calf Stretching Device: Several small calf stretching devices exist. They are u-shaped and contain a raised heel cup. The calf stretching device allows the runner to more effectively stretch the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon.

Pull-up Bar: Hanging traction from a pull-up bar is a great way to decompress the spine and combat the repetitive weight bearing pounding of running. Having a pull-up bar at home allows the runner to traction the spine during their post-run cool down.

Ice Pack: An ice pack is a great tool to reduce localized swelling and lessen pain. Ice packs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The proper application of ice therapy is the first line of defense following an injury or the beginning of pain.

Dr_Donald_A_Ozello_thumb_medium150_Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 6445 S. Tenaya Way, Suite #120, Las Vegas, NV 89113.  His web address is He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC proudly handles Standard Process Supplements and Foot Levelers Orthotics.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness and nutrition column for the Las Vegas Informer. His is published in OnFitness and . He has educational health, fitness and nutritional videos on Informer TV and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on the importance of health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics, nutrition and injury prevention.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is a fitness enthusiast. Functional kettlebell training, running and bike riding are his favorite types of exercise.

Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.

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2 Responses to Recommended Running Items

  1. All great advice for runners and all athletes. Custom-made orthotics provide the most effective and customized support for your feet, and can only be prescribed by a doctor, likely a podiatrist who specializes in the foot and ankle. These should not be confused with over-the-counter devices that are generic and molded to the most common foot shapes. Even the ones that claim to scan your feet only offer you the pre-fabricated pair that comes closest to your foot’s shape, which is far inferior in support to custom-made orthotics that are molded to each of your feet and capture the smallest intricacies of each of your feet.

  2. Dr. Ozello – Great post! One note though – Foot Levelers don’t fit your definition for ‘Custom Fit Orthotics’. They’re not ‘molded to fit the runner’s individual needs’ as true custom fit orthotics are. That can make a huge difference in patient outcome!

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