Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Protecting Your Feet from Common Running Problems

With each step in running, the weight and force that is put on your shoes is significant, and can really take a toll on your feet and toes. Being fitted properly for a good pair of running shoes is critical in long-distance running, and if you do not rotate your shoes out when the sole has worn down, you greatly increase the chance of general foot and toe problems.

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Throughout my two years of running, I have been fortunate enough to have had zero complications in my feet. This even includes the most common issues, such as blisters (though I did come close once after running through some serious puddles), bleeding or blackened toenails, toenails falling off, or anything of the sort. I was very surprised by this, especially now that my mileage has really increased while training for a full marathon. I recently started thinking more about as to why I have been so ‘lucky’. Even my husband, who has been running for less than a year, recently had part of a toenail come off. Not that I am complaining in the slightest, but it was out of simple curiosity that I wondered why I seemed to be immune from these issues.

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I attribute my ‘luck’ to finding the perfect shoe/sock combination for my feet. I have always run in ASICS (even before I started getting fit by my local running store for the perfect shoe). I ran in them for general physical fitness, for half marathon training, and also now for marathon training. About two years ago, and a couple months into my ‘running career’ (well before I got into longer distances), my mom found Experia Thorlo socks and bought me a couple pairs to see how I liked them. Turns out they were one of the best things to happen to my feet when it came to running. I tried them once, and never looked back – they have helped keep my feet and toes safe and injury-free for nearly two years now.

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I am not saying that ASICS shoes and Experia Thorlo socks are for everyone. They aren’t. What I am saying, however, is to do a little trial and error and find the best shoe/sock combination for YOUR feet. Once you do find it, I think you will find that it helps keep your feet and toes much safer from the impact of long-distance running.

QOTD: Have you ever fallen victim to any of these common runner foot problems, or have you found your perfect shoe/sock combination?

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  1. I wore less than steller socks in high school and always had blisters. *Knock on wood* my feet have been OK with the socks I use and I will never go back to that old kind (cotton!) again.

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    1. *Knock on wood* here too... I hope after posting this I don't get one lol!! Yeah, cotton socks are the worst for working out!

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  2. That's awesome that your feet have stayed "healthy"! I haven't had any physical problems with my feet so far ( thank goodness), but I have got blisters. I don't wear cotton socks though so I didn't understand why. The lady at the running store told me it could be because I over pronate. I never thought of that.

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    1. Good form definitely helps prevent injuries... over pronation can be helped with certain types of shoes I believe. I am surprised I've never had even a blister, especially since I've run in the rain with soaked shoes/socks... the Thorlo socks are miracle workers for my feet I guess lol!

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  3. It make a difference with good socks. I love the ones with those little bit of extra padding.
    My feet burn so bad after I run for awhile so I appreciate this post.

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    1. Absolutely! I love the little bit of padding in the Thorlo socks.

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  4. I made the mistake of running the Wine & Dine in Nike's. I ended up with a stress fracture and had to take off a ton of time from running. The only other problem I've had is blisters. I've never had a bloody or black toenail- knock on wood! I agree that shoes and socks make all the difference! I love my Mizuno's and the Experia socks have so much extra padding, I love wearing them!

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    1. WOW, just running in the wrong shoes gave you a stress fracture that quickly? That is crazy!! I've never worn Nike's before. My husband wears them and the tread gets worn down so quickly it's ridiculous.

      Agreed, the extra padding in the Experia Thorlo socks are amazing!

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  5. I like Asics and Thorlos Experia socks, too. Glad you haven't had foot problems! I occasionally have minor problems. When each race distance and location, and even the terrain is different, that leads to lots of learning about what works well the more I run.

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    1. So true, terrain makes a huge difference! I ran a 5K trail run once and my ankles were definitely sore the next day. Luckily the soreness went away pretty quickly!

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  6. i got a pair of brooks last august and found them to be really painful on my ankles. i did the GSC with them and decided they need to go. i've been really interested in asics (i'm so used to them being a cheer shoe i never realized they had any other athletic shoe!) so your suggestions are timely. i'm headed to a local running store this afternoon and am going to see what they recommend, but i definitely want to lean towards the asics.

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    1. Asics make fantastic shoes, just make sure to get what works best for you! Also, I have always been told that if it doesn't feel 100% comfortable in the store, then definitely don't buy them!

      I am glad this post helped you out. Good luck this afternoon, hope you find your perfect shoe!

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