Ever wonder what’s going on with your feet? It may pay to check them out from time to time. Blister and foot care starts before the run. The following post details what to do at home before the run including shoe selection and lacing!
Blister/Foot Care For Trail Runners
The most important part of any runner’s body is our feet. If our feet are not in good condition, we may not be able to run at all. While trail running is easier on the joints than road running, running on trails can present some specific hazards. Here are some foot care tips, so your feet will be up to encountering whatever the trails may bring.
Foot Care at Home
Whether you are a road runner or a trail runner, foot care starts at home. Inspect your feet regularly. File down calluses before they become problematic. Keep toenails trimmed, making sure to cut the ends fairly square and not too rounded, so you avoid ingrown toenails. Make sure your feet are clean and dry before putting socks on, as wet feet are the perfect breeding ground for infectious fungi, such as the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.” If you do find signs of fungal infection (red or itchy or flaky skin, crustiness between toes, hard cracked skin at the heels), treat it promptly with an anti-fungal cream available at your local pharmacy. [Read more...]
I have had good luck with my feet. I rarely get blisters even without following some of the foot care suggestions from the post. I have collected some black tonails on 100milers due to jamming my foot during the downhills. Guess I should try the lacing technique next time!