Getting Help With My Feet

After struggling for months to run without having pain, I realized that there might be something wrong with my feet. It just seemed like whenever I did any type of physical activity, I was burdened with stifling pain. It was annoying, but I knew that a podiatrist might be able to help. Sure enough, after meeting with a doctor, I learned more about what was causing the trouble. It turned out that I had pulled a tendon in my foot, which was causing all kinds of problems. This blog is all about getting your foot problems fixed once and for all.

The Marathoner's Guide To Healthy Feet: Podiatrists Procedures


The average runner takes between 150-170 steps per minute of running. For a marathoner, this translates to nearly 40,000 steps just to complete a single marathon. This why maintaining healthy feet can be the key to recovering from and preparing for, marathon. Your greatest resource for keeping your feet healthy is your local podiatrist. 

Here are three procedures your podiatrist can give you to help keep your feet healthy for next marathon:

Laser Nail Treatment

Marathoning can be synonymous for ugly feet and toenails. This can be explained, again by the amount of steps you take every day you race or train. When your foot strikes the ground your foot will slide forward in your shoe. This sliding motion causes your toes to hit the front of your shoe's toe box, which can cause them to become damaged and disfigured. Overtime, these impacts can create gnarled toenails that become painfully ingrown. 

  • Laser Snip: your podiatrist can trim your toenails in a way that rounds them perfectly, allowing your toenails to absorb the impact of each footfall more equally. Opting for a surgical snip is painless and allows your podiatrist to trim your toenails more closer than you can achieve with conventional methods

Corrective Custom Orthotics

Your feet are designed to run. Unfortunately, the shoes you need to protect your feet while you run can weaken your feet. When the muscles in your feet weaken and atrophy, you become more susceptible to foot injuries. 

  • Custom Orthotics: much like regular shoe insoles, corrective orthotics are designed to slip into your running shoes. Unlike normal insoles, however, corrective custom orthotics are designed specifically for your feet. Your podiatrist achieves this customization by molding casts of your feet and building orthotics that fit your feet like a custom glove. Additionally, some marathoners, who need the lightest footwear possible, can have their podiatrist use extremely light composite materials, which make the orthotics exceptionally minimal.

Foot Gym

Your foot contains 26 bones and over 100 muscles. Each of these muscles, like any other muscle group in your body, require exercise to stay strong. Since no medical professional studies the feet more closely than a podiatrist, you can have them design a workout routine for your feet.

  • Foot Bootcamp: when your podiatrist begins designing your foot workout make sure that they understand your marathon training and racing goals. This information can help them prescribe the right amount of volume and intensity for the workout they design. 

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13 June 2017