If you enjoy running, you will want to do everything you can to ensure your feet remain healthy. However, running can place a lot of strain on your feet, which can result in heel and joint pain or other medical problems. Below is a guide to some of the steps you can take to ensure your feet remain healthy so you don't have to pay a visit to a sports podiatrist.
Make sure you are wearing the correct footwear
It is vital that you ensure you are wearing the correct type of footwear. Ill-fitting or inappropriate footwear can quickly cause injury to your feet, ankles and knees. You should not run in any footwear that is not designed for sports. You need to visit a professional sports equipment shop where a member of staff will be able to talk you through the range of running shoes on sale. High-quality running shoes are lightweight and cushioned, which means they will protect your body from injury. It is also worthwhile keeping in mind that your running shoes may need replacing more often than regular footwear as they are put through a lot more wear and tear. Old running shoes will not offer the same level of protection as new ones.
Consider the type of laces you use
Many running shoes are supplied with elastic laces that are quick and easy to tie. However, you need to be aware that elasticated laces may also increase the chance that you will develop an injury when out running. This is because elastic laces have more give in them when compared to traditional cotton laces, which allows them to move around and loosen as you run. If the laces of your running shoes become loose, it may result in your foot sliding around inside the shoe or your ankle being unsupported. Either of these events can lead to an injury. It is always best to opt for cotton laces on your running shoes.
Clip your toenails and examine your feet
As a runner, you need to keep an eye on your toenails and general foot health. The pressure exerted on your feet when you run can increase the chance that you will develop ingrowing toenails. You can help to prevent this problem from developing by keeping your nails neatly trimmed. Allowing your feet to get really sweaty can encourage the growth of bacteria, leading to fungal infections, so you should always wear clean, dry socks and wash your feet after each run.
If you have any problems with your feet, you should contact a sports podiatrist today.
Hi, my name is Julie, and in the past, I have been too embarrassed to wear sandals or flip flops to the beach. While all my friends had beautiful, silky smooth feet, I had crusty, dry and sometimes fungus-laden feet. My options seemed to be socks with sandals or avoiding the beach altogether. Since there was no way I was going to do either of those, I met with a podiatrist and launched on a journey to fix, protect and maintain my feet. Along the way, I learned a ton of facts, home remedies and foot protection strategies. I plan to include all of those ideas and more in this blog, and I hope the posts here help you.