Ultrasound procedures typically conjure images of expectant parents marveling at the tiny heartbeat of their unborn child or later discovering whether they will welcome a baby boy or girl into the world. Ultrasound machines can monitor the baby's development and issues that may arise during pregnancy, yet obstetricians aren't the only physicians who rely on ultrasound technology. In fact, it's the most important device for detecting vein issues that otherwise would not be seen, including venous diseases.
Four thousand runners hit the streets for the 3rd Annual Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon/Half Marathon Race on Sunday, March 4th. The non-profit event, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and sponsored in part by The Vein Institute and many others, benefits Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga. Focusing on our area's thriving businesses, vibrant entertainment scene, family-friendly communities, and idyllic outdoor lifestyle location, event organizers hope to increase corporate participation in city and county development and promote healthy living.
All athletes encounter injuries at some point, especially when training for a big event. But for runners, certain aches and pains seem to be consistent across the board. Since most of the top five running injuries are attributed to overuse, it's really no surprise that even those who take their time piling up miles to prep for marathons and half marathons are still at risk of facing some sort of discomfort.
Most of us are familiar with the varicose and spider veins generally associated with older people. But in fact, those are just some of the symptoms of venous disease, a condition that can develop earlier in life and surprisingly, for daily or long-distance runners. Often marathoners, athletes or those who hit the gym on a regular basis develop some form of vein disease but never know it because symptoms don’t show up in the commonly known form of bulging or blue veins.
Running is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and sometimes all it takes is just one "runner's high" experience to make a casual runner into a marathoner. As you trot (or trudge) your way training toward race day, take a look at this list of common running myths we've pulled together – and then busted up – to help you stay on the straight and narrow road to success.