Did you know that our feet pound the ground 1600 times per mile (800 times for each foot). You literally punish them with each and every run.
This is especially true when you are running with some feet problem. Even when everything is working smoothly, our feet suffer enormous strain. Each foot has 28 bones, 30 ligaments and a hundred ligaments. All those parts have to work to get you through your run, jog or hike. However, when you put your feet to the ultimate test, something can fail.
Moreover, even the smallest flaws in your stride will result in foot pain.
I cannot stress enough how important it is that you treat your feet well, get them good socks and SHOES. Aim for proper fit, and go for shoes that are made specifically for your foot type and structure.
This is crucial. A number of feet conditions result from simply wearing improper shoes. These include (but are not limited to): corns and blisters, pain in the bottom and back of the feet, arch pain, hammer toes, bunions, pain under the toes, pain in the toenail area, pain on top of the foot.
While some conditions cannot be reverted (bunions), others are quite easy to alleviate and revert (corns, blisters).
Let me give you a couple of examples:
Example #1: Problem: BUNIONS.
Solution: While bunions cannot be undone, you case ease the suffering and reduce the rubbing to a minimum. First and foremost, avoid wearing tight shoes. Pick shoes with generous toe box. Many sites like this one have picked the top running sneakers for bunions. Use this to your advantage and save yourself many hours of searching for the correct shoes.
Secondly, reduce the pressure on the bunion. Some drug stores sell bunions pads that do exactly this. Of course, you can DIY, but I find that those pads are quite inexpensive and it is simply not worth my time.
If you still experience a lot of discomfort, visit your podiatrist to recommend you a custom solution.
Example #2: Problem: Pain in the bottom of the heel.
Solution: This is a problem common among the teens and pre-teens (11 y.o. suffer from that too). The likely cause is that the heel bone in that age has not fused yet. So, if you are younger than twenty and run longer, you might have separated those bones.
Heel strapping is a good measure to try. Use one and a half inches adhesive tape. Also wear heel pads – for example, small makeup sponges work well in running shoes.
Have some patience as the healing can take up to 6 months. Don’t overdo jumping and running during that time. Use the period for other activities that don’t put strain on your heel.
For other feet conditions, check out this article on foot pain