I’m taking an extra rest day since the arch of my foot is really bothering me after my crazy wind blown half marathon this weekend so naturally I thought it would make a good post!
Really, what runner doesn’t like a good post about feet, right??!
Since I started running I’ve struggled with occasional arch pain on long runs which I’ve managed to keep fairly under control with some extra TLC. It’s most likely plantar fasciitis (undiagnosed since I’ve never actually been to a doctor or PT about it) and my dad (who is a doctor) suggested that running leaning forward into the wind during the race the other day may have put some added stress on it.
About a month ago I ran a giveaway for Swiftwick socks and asked you to leave a comment telling me “what’s your favorite tip to keep your feet happy during training?” I got a lot of great answers and I figured since I’m paying a lot of attention to my feet this week I’d share a few of your tips as well as some of the things that work for me!
Danielle’s Happy Feet Tips!
Stretch, Stretch, Stretch!
I wrote a whole separate post on this awhile back called Yoga for Runners – Stop Foot Abuse! Most of us never think to stretch our feet and as runners it is so important!
To read the entire original post click HERE!
Roll Your Feet
I roll my feet on golf balls ALL THE TIME and honestly I really believe that it’s helped me to not experience the terrible stabbing pain in my arches that I was getting during my first round of marathon training!
Ice Your Feet
I know this doesn’t sound like the most pleasant thing in the world, but it helps.
Plus, you can combine the rolling and the icing together by freezing the golf balls or freezing a bottle of water to roll your feet on!
I find the socks that have the compression arch support help me, they may be a bit more expensive, but in the “long run” it’s worth it! (Pun totally intended. I’m super cheesy.)
I only started taping my foot about a month ago shortly before the Marine Corps Marathon. I made it through Marine Corps and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon pain free, but I still wasn’t totally convinced the tape was doing anything. I got lazy and didn’t tape my foot for this weekends race and of course it’s killing me! Whether it’s in my head or it really does something you can bet I’m taping my foot for long runs moving forward!
Happy Feet Tips from Live, Run, Grow Readers!
Carlee – wear the right shoes!
Lesley – wear good running socks and keep toenails filed down
**YES! Short toenails are the key to KEEPING all your toenails!
Jodi – wearing the best shoes and keeping my toes painted a pretty color!
**Hmmm…maybe I’m wearing the wrong color nail polish color…
Jen shared this regarding socks – “cotton is rotten and should be forgotten!”
**This one made me laugh, but I’ll definitely never forget it!
Patrick – body glide the crap out of them to prevent blisters!
Debbie – keep your shoes in good shape, when they lose cushion recycle them!
Jen – compression sleeves or socks, also doesn’t hurt to have my husband rub my tired feet!
Kellie – putting my feet up…and drinking a beer…tends to help them post run!
What works for you?
Any other good tips?
Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a health professional, only a yoga teacher and fellow runner sharing tips that have worked for me! Please consider your own health circumstances before using any of these tips and consult with your doctor if necessary!