FASMA Podiatrist Dr. Firestone Featured in “Run Washington”

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Lee E. Firestone (Chevy Chase and DC-K Street Divisions) was featured in a recent Run Washington article titled “Vitamin D Deficiencies During the Winter Could Contribute to Stress Fractures.”

Dr. Firestone offered insight on the relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and stress fractures:
“Unfortunately, stress fractures are often season ending injuries. It is best to let them heal, address the factors leading to the fracture and come back even stronger the next season. In runners, the three most common stress fractures are of the metatarsal bones (long bones in the feet just behind the toes), calcaneous (heel bone) and the tibia (shin bone).

I find that 90% of the runners I diagnose with stress fractures are Vitamin D deficient. I recommend taking between 2000 IU and 4000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day as a start. I then repeat Vitamin D level tests every two months until adequate levels are reached. I recommend adding a calcium supplement of 600 mg to 1200 mg a day if runners do not eat foods rich in calcium.”

To read the entire article, please click here.

Dr. Firestone was voted Best Running Doctor in Best of Washington Running 2013.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is also a RRCA-certified running coach and currently coaches the Experienced Marathoners Program with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club.  He has completed 13 marathons and has a personal record of 2:57:03.