Athletes: There’s something more important than good shoes


Stacey McConnell has a question for athletes who invest in good shoes.

When’s the last time you really paid attention to what you put in them?

“You’ve got to have your legs, and you’ve got to have your feet,” said McConnell, an avid runner and a St. Elizabeth Healthcare certified physical therapist. “We go through a lot of pairs of shoes, but we only get one pair of feet. You’ve got to take care of them.”

That’s where the next installment of St. Elizabeth’s Living Without Limits Speaker Series comes in. “Foot and Ankle Injuries: Arthritis and Other Complications”  will be presented at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at St. Elizabeth Training and Educational Center, 3861 Olympic Boulevard in Erlanger.

The program, fourth in a six-topic series presented by the Orthopedic Institute at St. Elizabeth, like the others is free and open to the public.

Scheduled to speak are Dr. Nicholas T. Gates, foot and ankle surgeon with OrthoCincy (formerly Commonwealth Orthopaedics); Dr. Michael Miller, director of St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine; and Richard Rocco Jr. of Rocco Prosthetic & Orthotic Center, Inc. They’ll address surgical and non-surgical treatment options for foot and ankle injuries.

Because some runners and recreational athletes can be inclined to play through pain, it’s important to know as much as you can about what’s bothering you, McConnell said.

“You wouldn’t keep driving your car if you knew it needed to be fixed,” McConnell said, “but we ask our bodies to heal while we’re using them all the time. You need to have the best information you can while you’re using the things that are hurting.”

While the program is free, registration is required. To register, click here.

The evening will begin with registration and light refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation and an audience Q&A session from 6:30 to 8 p.m.