Summer is coming up fast and with it, a large number of marathons, half marathons, and 5K runs. If you plan on participating in any of these upcoming marathons, it is important to start getting your feet ready now. No matter if this is your first run or you are a marathon professional, proper foot care is essential for avoiding injury during your marathon. And it is imperative to do all you can to safeguard yourself during a marathon because the length of time and physical demands that a marathon put on your body increases your risk for sustaining foot or ankle injuries. Here some tips for preparing your feet for Marathon.
Be Sure to Wear the Right Shoes
One of the most critical steps for avoiding pain during your Marathon is having the right type of footwear that is tailored to your feet. For example, if you have flat feet, it is important to have shoes that support you and stabilize your ankles while those with high arches need shoes that have extra cushioning for shock absorption. Proper footwear can help you avoid a number of common running injuries such as calluses, blisters, heel pain and sprained ankles.
Invest in Quality Socks
It may seem like a minor detail, but wearing the correct socks during the day of your run is an important step in keeping your feet protected from injury. You can’t just wear your regular everyday cotton socks because they absorb moisture rather than shed it. This is important to note because wet socks can cause painful blisters during a run. To avoid blisters it is best to invest in a pair of socks made from materials that shed moisture and are also breathable such as polyester and CoolMax. You may also wish to double up on your socks for extra blister protection.
While training for your Marathon be sure to increase your daily runs gradually. If you increase your distance and speed too soon, you are may cause your body undue stress and therefore, are more likely to be injured. It is also important for you to have the correct nutrition while training for your Marathon. You should eat a diet that is rich in calcium, vitamin C and E in order to maintain strong and healthy bones and prevent injuries.
Make Sure you don’t Ignore Your Pain
Pain is a significant indication that something may be wrong with your feet, especially if it worsens over time. If you experience pain at any point during your training, it is important to seek attention from a foot care professional as soon as you can. If left untreated, this may result in a severe injury during the marathon.
Now that you know how to get your feet ready for a marathon be sure to follow these best practices before your next run. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns about getting ready for a marathon. To schedule an appointment, visit doctorvikki.com.