Is running your favourite form of exercise? Whether you are a girl who loves to run or likes to take it one step further and run marathons, one thing is for sure. You need to take care of your feet before and after the run. Foot care may not be the most glamorous topic to talk about, but if you want to slip into stilettoes just as easily as you slip into your sneakers, read on!
Here are a few things to keep in mind before and after a run...
- Keep your feet moisturised
- Choose the right shoes
- Next come the right socks
- Ice your feet
- Keep your feet dry
Keep your feet moisturised
The skin on your feet is naturally thicker and drier compared to the rest of your body. When you run a lot, the stress on your feet can make your skin crack and may even bleed. So keep your feet moisturised and get regular pedicures to keep your feet happy!
Choose the right shoes
This one is a no-brainer! Pick shoes that are not too tight, too lose or just don’t feel right. There are specialists in stores that you could consult before you buy. Otherwise you could end up with blisters or black toe nails.
Next come the right socks
Picking the right shoes is just the beginning of the story. You also need to pick the right socks. Ill-fitted socks or ones that are not made for running can also cause blisters and lead to smelly feet (ew!). Use socks that are made from breathable materials that wick away the moisture and prevent unnecessary friction between skin and fabric.
Ice your feet
After a rigorous run, your feet tend to get heated up and you may also notice a slight amount of swelling. Fill a basin with ice water and dunk your feet in this for 10-15 minutes. This will soothe your heated feet.
Keep your feet dry
You sweat and your feet get heated up when you run. This is perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus to thrive. So keep your feet dry by powdering it with broad-spectrum antifungal powder and change your socks regularly. Keep your toe-nails trimmed and short. This not only prevents fungus from growing but will also prevent you from poking holes in your socks!