Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Keeping your toes Fancy Free

During the tough winter season, it makes sense to share some practical advise on keeping your feet in running condition. 
I devised a short list of things that help.  Written for the person on the go with about 5 minutes to pay attention to my words of wisdom  J   
 So here it is, simple and concise, and all in one place for a quick read:
  1. Get shoes that fit comfortably and correctly. 
  2. If feet swell after a run, then simply soak them in cold water for a minute or two.
  3. If you have blisters (and are still running), put some lotion on those pressure points.  Some petroleum jelly works fine. 
  4. Cut your toenails!  They will stab into the other toes in some ridiculous toe-fighting-fist-fight if you don’t.  For the love of God, just cut those toenails.  If you can’t do it, pay someone to do it for you. 
  5. Get rid of socks with holes in them.  Again, a no-brainer, but yeah, I felt some of you (and you know who you are) needed to hear this.  You’re welcome. 
  6.  Keep your feet dry – this will help or prevent fungal problems that wetness and sweat may exacerbate. 
  7. Rotate your sneakers.  It is a good idea to have two pairs of good running shoes and to rotate them so the non-used pair has a chance to “bounce back” if needed. 
  8. Replace your sneakers somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 miles.  Sooner if you are a heavier/taller/harder-strided runner. 

This list is certainly not all inclusive and I welcome additions at any time.  But it will absolutely help you!  Please shoot me an email,, add a comment or visit me and share your experience!

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