Ask the sock doc

You might recall that I was able to return to running after my ITB injury with the help of Dr. Stephen Gangemi, aka the sock doc. He’s a certified applied kinesiologist and used some techniques to get me back in motion that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I honestly think that had I not seen him, I would still be sitting on the sidelines right now in a heap of depression.

Now the sock doc is opening up his wealth of knowledge to you. Do you have an injury you can’t get over? Are you not getting the training results you’d like and wondering why? He’s got the answers. All you need to do is send me your questions. Dr. Gangemi will pick a few of these and I’ll post the questions and answers in about a week. You can leave your questions here in a comment, or if you’d like to be anonymous, just shoot me an email at If we get lots of response, we’ll be making this a somewhat regular feature in the future.

So–ask away!

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  1. Black Knight says

    Thank you very much for sharing, I hope that I don't have to send some questions but in case…
    Glad that his help was useful for you.

  2. Stacey says

    I think he is great. I went to his site a while back and LOTS of great info..he answered my questions quickly. (: I'm excited to read the Q & A's.

  3. Julie says

    I've been struggling with this glute pain since November. I don't remember anything actually happening, just one day when I slowed my run down to a walk, the pain was there. This was about my 3rd run after a long break due to another injury, however.

    So now the pain radiates from my glute down my hamstring and up into my lower back. Is this because of a weak glute? Is there a particular exercise I should be doing to strengthen it?

    Rest/time off is not an option at this point. I'm smack dab in the middle of 1/2IM training.

  4. Coy Martinez says

    I have one!! Ok, I've been suffering from IT Band since mid Feb. I roll, ice and stretch every day, sometimes I can run 8 miles, sometimes only 4, it's random how it appears. How can I get over it once and for all? I wear the PT strap each time I run as well.

  5. Amanda@runninghood says

    What a great idea!! Great way for you and the Doc to work together…this is going to be an awesome regular post Amanda!

  6. JC says

    Oh NICE! I just sent this post to my coworker who has been struggling with an ankle injury for some time now – maybe she'll have some Q's!!

  7. *~* *~* Tracy says

    ooh cool! I love his site, lots of exellent info

    Here's my question:
    My ITBS began with a hip flexor strain and very painful muscle spasms in my right TFL.
    I continue to have spasms – not nearly as severe- in *both* TFLs especially when I'm cold – as in the weather is cold so I'm cold. Doesn't happen anywhere else on my body. Very strange. Why is this happening??

  8. ShutUpandRun says

    Of course I'm going to ask about stress fractures.

    I have two in one year, but while marathon training. Neither time did I think I was overtraining. I never increased speed/distance/frequency more than 10 percent per week, I fueled well and I never ran more than four days per week. My calcium/vitamin D levels are good, I cross train and have decent bone denisty. Am I just destined to get these or is there something else I can do?

  9. Ewa says

    Achilles tendon. Achilles tendon.
    This is one of those injuries that can linger for months, I was told because of very poor blood flow in that area. Any tips on how to speed up the recovery?

  10. Mamarunsbarefoot says

    You know my question! 5 stress fractures in 4 years! My bone density is normal, I'm not underweight either. Stress fractures to tibia4 times and 1 to my femur

  11. Jen says

    What a great idea! There are so many injuries out there and it seems like there just isn't good enough information despite all that is out there. I'm so glad he was able to fix you and I know it will be good for others too.

  12. Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri says

    Best Title Ever. I want to be a sock doc.

    Question: If I don't have any comfort/blister issues running in normal socks, is there any reason for me to use fancy running socks?

  13. Jamoosh says

    Totally unrelated – I was wondering about socks the other night and how people are always blaming shoes and realized that one also has to choose the right sock. I wonder if the sock doc can help with that?

  14. The Hungry Runner Girl says

    I can't wait to hear his answers. About your last post….thank you, I needed to know I wasn't alone in trying to learn patience! Thank you so much for your sweet comments and I am going to do what you said about Tums…THANK YOU!!

  15. Momma K and her Krew says

    WOOT WOOT! So awesome, thanks Zip for this opportunity.
    Dr- I switched up shoes to a lighter pair (asics Kayano to Minuzo wave) and my joint pain has been AWESOME. I have a torn Meniscus and even that doesnt hurt while I run. HOWEVER on my left foot, the ball of the foot, just below the toes, I get pain after my runs. After a day of cross training its gone but on my next 12 miler its back. Its not debiltating, it doesnt stop me from doing anything and it is in only one foot. But it does hurt and Id love to see if there is something I can do to prevent it. Asics are super cushioning but bulky and my Mizunos are not that cushioned but way ligter-perhaps thats the cause? But one foot (the opposite side of my torn meniscus)? Seems so weird. Never have ever had any foot pain before. Thanks Soc doc!

  16. Leah @ Chasing Atalanta says

    OH! Pick me! Pick me!

    Achilles tendonitis (tendinosis? tendinopathy?)

    There is a lesion (varies in size) on my achilles about level with the top of the medial malleolus, which seems to be the root of the issue. Sometimes that is where the soreness is during a run (and post-run too). Sometimes the soreness is higher up the achilles (although not lately). I've been getting Shockwave therapy and ART. On my own I've been doing those dip things for an eccentric contraction to strengthen the achilles (I was warned not to do toe-raises) along with using the Stick to massage my soleus and gastroc. KT tape while I run. Anything I'm missing?

    Thanks Miss Zippy and Sock Doc!!

  17. Angie Bee says

    This is really cool!! I still have the off and on ankle pain that we talked about. Its on my left side and when I do the barefoot squat it really tweaks that area. Any more info on that kind of discomfort would be awesome.

  18. Jason says

    This is very cool and a great of the Doc. I have no questions but can't wait to read the answers to the ones that are asked.

  19. Bryanna Johnson says

    You said that your muscles still had a "memory" of your injury, or something like that, and that the sock doc helped your muscles get rid of the memory of the injury. How do you get rid of muscle memory pain from an injury?

  20. The Green Girl says

    I'm curious to hear what he thinks about people who have really low arches that collapse completely that have had to wear supportive shoes their entire lives to avoid intense arch pain – if he thinks staying in motion control shoes is the answer.