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Keck Medicine of USC wants everyone to have a healthy, safe marathon experience. Keck Medicine of USC volunteer physicians, nurses and staff will be available on race day in strategic locations, ready to assist if you suffer an injury or experience medical difficulties, nausea, dehydration or dizziness. We’ve also included some tips below for running your best race.

Glenn Ault, MD
Medical Director, Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

Glenn Ault, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, brings more than 20 years of experience in medicine and education to his role as Official Medical Director of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. As an official sponsor of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, Keck Medicine of USC and Dr. Ault oversee the organization and staffing of 12 medical tents including 200 volunteer physicians, nurses and staff, who provide first aid treatment and if necessary emergency response for participants. The medical staff is on site to soothe painful blisters and even save lives when serious medical issues arise.

Top Foot Injuries and Treatments for Marathon Runners
By Seth Gamradt, MD, Director of Orthopaedic Athletic Medicine, Keck Medicine of USC and Team Physician, USC Athletics

We're in the home stretch to the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon — don't let a late-stage injury derail all your hard work! As you push your body with increased mileage and other training demands, foot injuries can be a particular concern.

Here are some common injuries and the best way to treat them:


Symptoms: Tenderness of the Achilles tendon near the heel and/or the peroneal tendon on the outside of the ankle to the level of the foot.
Treatment: Icing to reduce inflammation, over the counter anti-inflammatories, heelcord and calf stretching, and decreasing the amount of mileage can help.

Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms: Tenderness on the bottom of the foot. A classic symptom is pain in the first step of the day.
Treatment: Ice, stretching the bottom of the foot with a tennis ball, calf stretching, anti-inflammatory treatment and a night splint. The splint can be difficult to get used to initially, but is very effective.


Symptoms: Tenderness on the inside of the ankle.
Treatment: The key is correcting the alignment of the foot. Control running shoes and soft athletic orthotic inserts can help solve this problem.

Blisters and toenail loss

Symptoms: Toenails with blood underneath. They may be tender and slightly painful.
Treatment: Avoid running until the tenderness stops. Protect blisters from further friction with a special blister bandage and keep the area clean to avoid infection.

If you experience troubling or serious pain, see your physician. Take good care of your feet and you stand a good chance of running a good race and recovering well after the race.