Maybe you are just a casual runner, jogging for the exercise and the freedom of being outdoors. Or maybe you regularly run and medal in 5Ks, 10Ks or even marathons. No matter the case, if you regularly pound the pavement, you need to engage in a solid foot care routine for runners.
While the specifics might vary a bit between runners, ultimately, there are some common elements when it comes to foot care for athletes. Here is our quick guide on what you should do for your feet.
It takes just a few basic steps to keep your feet in running shape.
Never Ignore a Blister
Yes, we all get them, but a seemingly ordinary blister can morph into a major sports injury in a hurry. Inspect your feet after every run and cushion any blisters you find. If needed, drain it and sterilize it.
Keep Your Feet Moisturized
The harder your feet work, the more they show that stress. Dry, cracked feet can turn into a major health problem. Take time to clean and moisturize your feet after every run.
Engage in a Cool Down Routine
Don’t just go straight from running to nothing. Steadily decrease your pace until you are just walking for several minutes before you call it a day.
Massage Your Feet
Do this directly after you clean your feet, when moisturizing if possible. If not, you can fit this in later in the day.
See a Podiatrist Regularly
If you love running, your feet are your greatest asset for your sport. Take good care of them with yearly check-ups at the podiatrist.
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