Marathon runners know a thing or two about feet care. They know how to give their feet adequate support. At times, they’ve probably had to run with pain or discomfort, only to have to effectively treat an injury after a run. Sometimes certain issues might have caused them to stop moving altogether. Through it all, they probably learned a few things the hard way.
That’s good news for us. New and first-time runners could learn from all that experience. However, the best advice might not just come from them…but the podiatrists who treat them.
Matthew Fitzpatrick is the Dean of Podiatric Medicine at London’s College of Podiatry. He has probably seen it all – from minor pains to severe injuries. He has some advice to share with people so that they can .
He wants people not to ask questions that should’ve been answered before certain injuries took place. So, based on his experience, here are some tips he’s offering marathon runners:
Be aware of everything – You should look for any pre-existing cuts or blisters before you start a run. Also, don’t be so focused on your feet that you neglect the rest of your body. Running marathons can also take a toll on your knees, ankles, legs, and back.
Rest, but not for too long – It is definitely important to give your feet adequate rest and cool downs. When you’re not running, wear comfortable shoes that allow you to function during the day while letting your feet recover. If there is some extensive downtime before your next run, don’t wait it out. Instead, Fitzpatrick says to say active by doing some short runs at times. That way, your muscles stay used to the activity. Finally, don’t let the last run be the extent of your training before the next one. Stay involved in a consistent prep routine.
Don’t ignore new problems – If you experience any type of new pain or discomforts before, during or after a run, you should see a podiatrist to address the problem. Get the best, most effective treatment before it becomes a bigger issue.
Learn from others – Take time to talk with other runners about their successes and challenges. Share stories with other runners at an event, and spend time reading advice from blogs and online communities.
At Nuestep, we offer runners a place to go with their feet care questions and issues. If we can help you before your next run, give us a call at 866-508-5108.