There are a number of runners through the Amy Maclean Podiatry clinic doors at the moment; which makes sense as it’s usually about now that the reality of signing up for your first marathon / half marathon or even 10k hits home and you start upping your training schedule.
You are a runner if…
It kind of goes like this; you’ve applied to run a race next year, you’ve found out that you’ve got a place and now the training begins!
So what do you need to do to keep your feet healthy and injury free? As, let’s face it, you can’t up your miles with blisters or sore toes or shin splints!
Here’s what I recommend to anyone who is just taking up running, or training for a race or their 100th race!
- Check in with your footwear – this is a vital part of any training plan. I know that runners are an expensive item to purchase, but wearing those trainers that you throw on to do the gardening or take the kids to the park are just not going to be fit for purpose. If you are not sure what to look for, go to a reputable running shop and they will keep you right.
- Get a foot MOT – before the heavy training runs begin, it’s good to have a check in with a podiatrist to make sure that any underlying niggles are ironed out and under control. The podiatrist will also be able to give you some advice on how to keep the feet healthy during your training.
- Once you have your shoes and you’ve seen a podiatrist, it’s important to get yourself into good habits- this goes from talcing your feet everyday to doing some foot and ankle mobility work to prevent injury.
- During your training plan, make sure you book in to see you local podiatrist a couple of times before race day- they can keep any blisters or foot niggles at bay.
- Socks – should you buy specific running socks or not? I guess this is a funny one- from experience, I have gone with a running sock, but because it is slightly longer and doesn’t have a tendency to fall down into the shoe. Also a sock with a small amount of cushioning/padding on the sole makes things more comfortable as you increase your distance.
- After your longer distances, your feet will love nothing more than a soak in a basin of warm water with some epsom salts- it really does soothe them.
If you can aim to achieve all of the above points, your training plan should go to… well, according to plan and you’ll be running happy for your race. Any questions? Get in touch! #podsfixfeet #amymacpod