It’s that time of year again! Runners from all over the world will make their way to Jacksonville, FL, on March 11, 2017, to show off their speed and stamina at the largest 15K race in the United States, The Gate River Run. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned runner, these tips from the skilled Jacksonville podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Florida will keep your feet in tip top shape for the big race. It’s time to start acknowledging the importance of your feet.
Choosing the right pair of shoes can make or break your running routine. Select a pair that provides the impact support that running demands. Be sure to lace up shoes so they fit snugly. A bad shoe fit can cause various issues for your feet like blisters and calluses. Remember to replace your running shoes when they’re worn out; the average life of most running shoes is 300-500 miles
Wet socks are a common issue that runners experience. Instead of cotton socks that are notorious for absorbing moisture, opt for a form-fitting sock made of acrylic materials to help minimize the likelihood of foot fungal growth. If you are prone to blisters, try padded “blister proof” socks.
Never underestimate the power of stretching. Be sure to stretch before and after your run. Stretching before your run can help to aid in a wider running stride and lengthen the muscles, while stretching post-run helps to pull out and lengthen muscles that have become tightly wound. Give special attention to your calves, hamstrings, quads and feet.
Visit A Jacksonville Podiatrist
Do your feet need some last-minute foot care prior to race day? Schedule an appointment with Podiatry Associates of Florida to get rid of calluses, get advice on orthotics, stock up on moleskin, and address any other foot-related issues so you can perform your best on race day.