Do you need to take care of your feet when running?

Do you need to take care of your feet when running?

Foot health isn't the most exciting topic, but it's an important one. After all, as any seasoned runner will tell you, blistered runners' feet are practically unavoidable when it comes to half-marathon or marathon training area. Quick polling How many of you have A. lost a toe nail while preparing for a marathon? B. had a callous on your foot removed by a surgeon? C. gotten sick from dirty shoes? Most people answer "A" or "B", but some great runners have had all three happen to them!

If you're like most people, you wear shoes to run in. But what most people don't realize is that walking in someone else's waste material every day for several months straight can be extremely harmful to your feet. Waste material includes anything from paper towels to sand to dog feces. If you walk through any of this each day, it's going to hurt your feet - especially if you have been wearing heels.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of runners: those who run barefoot and those who don't. Yes, even celebrities, elite athletes, and normal people love their little comforts such as socks and shoes. Some people believe that by doing this they aren't fully exercising their legs and therefore being less able to handle a high-impact sport like running. However, not everyone is meant to run barefoot; some people's bodies are just not designed for it.

Can you break in a new pair of running shoes?

Breaking in a new pair of running shoes is usually painful, but you may minimize the discomfort by understanding where blisters are likely to appear. While heels are one of the most obvious places to cover, there are other less visible places to guard, such as the tops of the toes and the sides of the foot. These areas can be prone to blistering if they're not covered for long periods of time.

To avoid developing blisters, wear properly fitted shoes that give your feet enough room to breathe. Look for shoes with soft, flexible uppers (the parts of the shoe that touch your skin) that conform to your feet's shape. Avoid heavy or sharp-edged objects while walking or running, which can damage shoe materials and lead to pain and injury. Blisters also can be caused by having wet socks on your feet. We recommend switching out old, smelly socks for fresh ones at least once a week.

If you do develop a blister, try not to pop it. This will only cause more pain and could lead to infection. Instead, check with your doctor before popping any blisters because some contain bacteria that can spread to other parts of your body. If you do come into contact with something that might be harmful to your skin, such as poison ivy, wash the area immediately so no toxins get trapped under the skin.

Taking care of your feet will go a long way toward avoiding injuries and keeping yourself comfortable while walking or running.

Should I tape my toes when running?

Blister-prone? Taping your toes while jogging may be the solution you're looking for, especially if you have a major race coming up. A research published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine discovered that putting surgical tape to sensitive regions before a run decreased blisters by 40%. The researchers concluded that the tape acted as a barrier against skin-on-skin contact.

If you decide to tape your feet, start with the least invasive method. Do yourself (and your shoes) a favor and use self-adhesive bandages. They're easy to apply and remove without damaging the tape's adhesive quality.

Never use rubber bands to tape your feet; instead, use medical tape. It's stronger and will not break away from the skin like rubber bands can. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package for proper usage.

If you don't want to tape your feet, then wear properly fitting shoes. Make sure they fit well around the ball of the foot and go all the way up to the top of the shoe. If the shoes are too small, this will cause excess pressure on certain parts of the foot, which can lead to more frequent blisters.

Also watch where you place your foot while running. Don't cross your toes or put excessive pressure on one part of the shoe; this can also increase your risk of getting a blister.

Is jogging on your toes bad?

According to studies, around 80% of athletes are rear-foot runners. Running on your toes makes you speedier and allows you to cover more ground without tiring easily. When you heel strike, your body has to work more, putting you at a disadvantage. Running with your forefoot generates greater power and uses more muscles. It's considered a better running style.

Heeling is useful in certain situations such as when you are going up an incline or if you want to go faster. However, if you run all year long using only your heel, you will get injured. The same thing happens if you constantly hit the floor with your heel; you will develop problems with your Achilles tendon which connects your heel to your foot.

If you're new to running, start out by walking for ten minutes then increase your time every week by ten minutes. Soon you'll be able to jog for thirty minutes before changing gears and walking some more. This is called "tempo" running and it's very beneficial for getting used to the sport. Once you're comfortable running for twenty minutes, try increasing the time each week until you reach half an hour. After a few months, you can build up to sixty minutes of continuous running.

The most important part of any exercise program is to listen to your body and stop when you feel tired. If you continue to push through the pain, you will end up injuring yourself. Take care of yourself out there!

Are barefoot shoes better for your feet?

In fact, barefoot runners tend to have less knee injuries and less heel discomfort than shoe-wearing runners. Barefoot runners, on the other hand, have a higher rate of calf and achilles tendon problems. This shows that persons who switch to barefoot sports too rapidly may overwork their muscles and tendons.

Is it bad to run in new shoes?

Properly breaking in your shoes will help you avoid minor running-related problems (such as blisters) that can interfere with your training. Running in ill-fitting new shoes may even trigger gait alterations that might lead to long-term injury in severe circumstances. It is important that you get the size of your feet correctly, as many people underestimate how large their feet are. A good way to do this is to cover the floor with a piece of paper and trace around it - you want your footprints to be at least half way across the paper.

When you first put on your new shoes, go for a short walk or stretch to allow your feet time to adjust to the change in your shoe style. This will prevent you from getting sore feet or other injuries related to wearing new shoes.

It is recommended that you break in your new shoes over a period of several days. This will allow your feet to adjust to the changes in the shoe style and minimize any pain that may occur during exercise.

During this process, you should try on the shoes every hour for an hour. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and remove your shoes and socks. Put ice on your feet for 15 minutes per day and take regular breaks from typing on your computer - use the elbow method to keep your wrists healthy.

About Article Author

James Hart

James Hart is a former athlete, who now manages other athletes. He has an eye for talent and a knack for developing them, which he learned from years of competition himself. He loves working with people who are passionate and skilled, and helping them reach their goals.

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