Sunday, June 17, 2012

Show Your Running Feet Some Love = Happy Feet

Since increasing the amount time I run a few months ago, my feet have taken quite the beating with all the repetitive pounding, sweating, and muscle exertion.  Desperate for relief I did some research online and also seeked long time runners advice what they do.
  • Grab a tennis ball: Sit or stand and place the ball under the arch of your foot, roll it along your arch, and shift to whatever part of your foot needs attention. I was surprised at how sore my feet really were. 
  • Trim your toenails: Long toenails can rub against the inside of your shoe making it painful to run. When giving yourself a pedicure, cut or file nails straight (rounded nails can cause ingrown nails)
  •  Exfoliate dry skin: Prevent heel fissures by exfoliating your feet using bath gloves or a pumice stone. Moisturize often to keep the skin moist.
  • Stretch: To prevent injury and ease soreness, stretching after a run is essential.  
  • Ease inflammation: If feet are swollen after a run, here's a trick I recently learned. Fill a water bottle halfway with ice cubes and fill the rest with cold water. Place the bottle on a towel to collect condensation and rest the arch of your bare foot on the middle of the bottle. Rock your foot forward and back, rolling the bottle underneath. Apply as much pressure as you want, continuing for a few minutes.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...
Happy feet will give back and make your runs more comfortable :)

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