Running Foot Care

Advice on Foot and Ankle Care for Runners From the Santa Fe Podiatrist and Ultra Marathon Runner, Dr. William Blake

by William Blake, DPM

William Blake, DPM of Foot and Ankle Associates

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Whether you are a ultra marathon runner or just jog for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including sprained ankles, foot pain, and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and Athlete's foot. Your running style, poor footwear and even minor changes in your training can also contribute to injury.

Here Are Some Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet if You Are a Runner:

  • Most runners know the importance of wearing the correct shoe when they run, even if they’re just getting into the sport. But with so many shoes on the market, it might seem like a daunting task to find that one pair that fits you just right. Don’t let the large selection scare you. Look at it as a positive—having more shoes to choose from means it’s more likely you’ll find a pair that fits you perfectly.

  • Wear a brace. If you have an old ankle injury or an ankle that is weak for some other reason, it might be a good idea to wear a brace that will give it a little extra support. Many braces are available that will give you the comfort and flexibility you need while still providing protection.

  • Warm up and stretch. If you’re going to be participating in a sport or physical activity in which you’ll be running or jumping, it’s important to warm up and stretch first. This will loosen up your muscles and ankle joints, which can help prevent sprains, tears, and strains.

  • Take proper care of foot conditions right away. Don't let them get worse. If you continue to experience pain or the condition does not clear up in a day or two, see your podiatrist.