Runner’s feet are prone to several types of injuries due to the pounding they take with all the repetitive weight-bearing.
To help soothe the soreness of your runner’s feet, keep reading!
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If you have a health condition, before you try any of these tips, be sure to consult with a foot and ankle doctor.
If you don’t have a friend who’s offering to rub your feet regularly, then do a self-massage with a tennis ball or racquetball.
Sit or stand and place the ball under the arch of your foot, roll the ball under your arch, and shift to whatever part of your foot needs attention.
Trimming your toenails may sound like a simple task, but since feet are covered most of the time, you may not pay as much attention to your toenails as you do your fingernails.
Long toenails can rub against the inside of your shoe or cut nearby toes, making it painful to run. When giving yourself a pedicure, or hiring someone else, cut or file nails straight since rounded edges can cause ingrown toenails.
Exfoliate dry skin on your feet because that skin tends to be thick, rough, and dry. For runners, this can cause dry skin that cracks and bleeds. The repeated pounding of running can deepen the cracks, making them more open to infection.
You can prevent heel fissures by exfoliating your feet using bath gloves or a pumice stone. Moisturize often to keep the skin moist. Of course, you can also go to a spa and pay someone to do it.
To prevent injury and ease soreness, stretching after a run is essential. If feet are swollen after a run, fill a water bottle halfway with ice cubes and fill the rest with cold water.
Place the bottle on a towel to collect condensation and rest the arch of your bare foot on the middle of the bottle. Rock your foot forward and back, rolling the bottle with the cold water inside, underneath your foot. You can apply as much pressure as is comfortable to cool off and massage your feet. Again, there is always the spa!
If you are experiencing foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.