Articles by Dr. Rachel Tavel

How to Beat Hamstring Strains

If the pain is mild enough that you can still walk relatively comfortably and your strength doesn’t seem to be affected, try these exercises to get yourself on the mend.

How to Deal with a Mild Sprained Ankle

If you’re a runner, chances are you’ve rolled an ankle at some point. Maybe more than once. Most of the time, you can walk it off. But as most runners know, it just takes one misstep to end up with a sprained ankle. A sprained ankle occurs when one or more of the ligaments surrounding […]

How to Avoid Hip Pain

Whether you’re a runner or non-runner, walker or jogger, or anything in between, hip pain is a common problem. There can be many different causes of hip pain, but one common trend seems to emerge—tightness and weakness in the hip muscles usually come with it. Luckily, there are many ways to strengthen and stretch the […]

How to Deal with Runner’s Knee

“Runner’s knee” is one of the more common forms of knee pain experienced by runners.  It starts as a nagging, vague discomfort in and around the kneecap area. Then, it can quickly escalate to a more sharp and acute pain. It usually is felt most during or after running, when going downstairs or walking downhill.  […]

How to Get Motivated to Run (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

These tips will help you get motivated, even when you don’t feel like it.

How to Deal with IT Band Syndrome

Just about every runner has heard about the IT band, but not everyone understands it. Usually, runners know about it because they’ve developed nagging knee pain and are told that they should foam roll their IT band. But what exactly is going on when this happens? The IT Band is a band of thickened fibrous […]

How To Start (or Restart) Running

Whether you’re new to running or just coming back to it after a hiatus, you’re going to want to start slow.

Foot Pronation and Running: What’s Good, What’s Bad, and What’s Normal?

Foot pronation is a normal part of anatomical movement, but the word “pronation” has gotten a bad rap. Runners are often told that they “overpronate” or that their pain is due to their pronation—but what the heck is pronation anyway? What is pronation of the foot? Technically, pronation is when the arch of the foot […]

How to Deal with Shin Splints

You’re running along and feeling pretty good after increasing your mileage and workout intensity over the last couple of weeks. But then you begin to notice a dull ache in the front of your shins that turns into more of a pain like someone is taking a hammer to your shins during or after a […]