Running is not the easiest on the feet – and they can get gnarly looking after a while (not a good thing as sandal season approaches us). Here are some things I do to keep my feet in shape:
Wearing the right shoes in the right size
I am loyal to Hoka One One Arahi. They are considered “stability” shoes. I’m a new runner, and I pronate (so I need the stability), and they are also very lightweight. I also wear shoes one size larger than my “normal size” – this allows me to have room while running. I highly recommend going somewhere to get fitted for a shoe that meets your needs. *Important Note: I think that they discontinued them in favor of the Arahi 2 – I am looking forward to trying those out!
Wearing the right socks
Before I started running, I never put much thought into my socks. My feet sweat a lot when I run, so I look for something that keeps them dry with a medium amount of cushion. I prefer R-Gear Drymax Medium Cushion No Show.
Moisturizing the feet regularly
I don’t have a favorite moisturizer for my feet – any good one will do. It helps keep my feet looking nice, and it helps to prevent pressure points (and blisters).
Pedicures are a great way to undo some of the damage that you have done (callouses and the like). The foot and lower leg massages can invigorate tired, sore muscles. I love them, and my feet look so much better after one. Regardless of gender, think about getting one (unless you have a medical condition where it is not recommended).
My races consist of primarily of 5Ks with the occasional 10K (my next scheduled 10K is in October of this year, but that can change at any time), so I am not as hard on my feet as other runners are on theirs. This is what works for me, but it may not work for you.
I would love to hear from you about what you do to take care of your feet! Please comment in the section below!