Runners footcare- with Worthing Chiropodist Sue Potten

In this blog post Sue share’s some top tips for runners, to help ensure painless feet in tip top shape.

  1. Jot down the date of purchase of any trainers and keep note of miles covered. An average pair should last around 300 miles, but keep a close eye for signs of wear.
  2. Invest in decent breathable socks. There are many on the market specifically targeted for runners.
  3. Don’t pop blisters, but if they do pop, ensure you wash the area in saltwater and apply a clean, dry dressing. If you are very prone to blisters, it may be worth applying some Gehwol cream to areas you suffer with. This will act a bit of a barrier and help to reduce friction.
  4. Keep nails short, but not too short. Follow the line of the top of the toe.
  5. Hydrate often and hydrate your skin too, with an effective moisturiser.
  6. Massage your feet. Using a spikey ball under the foot is a great way to do this.
  7. If you experience foot, ankle, knee or other joint pains when running, see an osteopath or manual therapist for guidance. They can assess your biomechanics and see where any problems lie. Foot issues can impact your gait and running style, so getting a check-up is a worthwhile investment.
  8. For any footcare needs, speak to your local Chiropodist or better still pay them a visit.