How to Avoid Common Foot Problems When Running

If you enjoy running on a regular basis then you will probably be aware of constant niggling small foot injuries that you suffer from. These can range from small cuts, to warts and so forth. Not all of the foot problems that can occur will be down to the actual physical part of running, some are natural and can be prevented.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot sounds as though it is a condition caused by running, but this is not the case. It is a fungal infection that can be very sore and irritable. It is fairly easy to get it from damp gym floors, or locker rooms. A simple cream can eradicate athlete’s foot, but prevention is best. Always thoroughly dry out your running shoes after each run, and only use them for your sport. Never keep them in a plastic bag or in your gym pack. Buy a few pairs of synthetic socks made of modern tech fabrics that are designed to wick away sweat from your feet and keep them dry. When you have finished your run take off your socks immediately, wash and then thoroughly dry your feet out.

Blisters

Blisters
Blisters

Blisters can be incredibly painful and can even stop you from going running. You inherit blisters by friction of your feet with your sports shoe. And as your feet start to get hot and become moister, it is then that most blisters occur. Blisters are pretty easy to avoid – ensure your shoes are a perfect fit and that your socks are the type that wick out the moisture from your feet. Pads or lubricants can also help if you keep on getting nagging blisters that keep on coming back.

Bunions

If your feet are under too much pressure, possibly from too tight shoes, then your big toe joint can swell causing the toe to stick out to the side of your foot, this is called a bunion. They can be really painful, and you may want to look to wear a wider fitting shoe.

Corns

Corns are hard lumps on the feet that again can be really painful. They are caused by your shoes being too tight and constant chaffing taking place. Corns are easily preventable, ensure your shoes are the correct fit and that you always wear the correct running socks.

Numbness

Many runners experience a feeling of numbness in their feet, and for most of the time it is nothing to worry about. We are not talking about the numbness that occurs due to extreme cold, rather towards the end of a run. This numbness or tingling sensation is often caused by your shoes being laced too tight. But if the symptoms persist you should contact a medical professional as it might be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, and even an indication of diabetes. Most of the problem that you face with your feet as a runner are easily preventable and in a lot of cases common sense. The most important thing is to look after your feet and check them regularly to prevent problems at an early stage.