Many people choose running as a way to stay healthy and fit. Studies have shown that running can reduce stress, enhance your immune system, help you lose weight, and improve your overall health. It’s also an inexpensive form of exercise, since you can do it virtually anywhere and all you need are a pair of appropriate shoes and some loose-fitting clothes.
There is a downside to running, though, and part of that downside is the potential for injuries. A very common injury that runners suffer from is blisters. Blisters form when the skin rubs against another surface—in this case the inside of the shoe—causing friction. Fortunately, by taking the proper precautions, you can prevent blisters. Here are some steps you can take to help avoid getting a blister:
Wear the correct size shoe. When you buy the shoes you intend to wear while running, buy them at least half a size larger than your “street” shoes. Your feet swell when you run, so you should have a little extra room in the toe box of your shoes. And, be sure to wear the same kind of socks you intend to run in when you try on new running shoes.
Wear running socks. Socks that are specifically designed for running can help reduce your risk of developing blisters. They should be made of a synthetic fiber that will wick moisture from your feet. In addition, look for socks that have no seams and a smooth surface.
Use athletic tape. Many runners use athletic tape to cover problem areas on their feet. If you use this technique, be sure the tape has no wrinkles in it and it’s not wrapped too tightly.
Use petroleum jelly. Apply a very small amount of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, to problem areas. Be careful not to apply too much, as that could cause your foot to slide around in the shoe—and that can create other problems.
Healthy feet and ankles are critical to a runner. If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, seek the care of a Santa Fe active foot specialist at Foot and Ankle Associates. Don’t put it off and let what might be a relatively minor problem turn into a major ordeal. To set up an appointment, call 505-982-0123 today.