5 Ways To Avoid Problem Feet

Having feet trouble? Here are 5 simple ways to keep yours feeling fresh and ready to run

1) Gait analysis

Always buy new running shoes from a specialist shop that offers gait analysis.

“They ensure you are prescribed the most appropriate footwear for your build, biomechanics and running style.”

(Simon Moyes, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Wellington Hospital in north London.)

2) Foot baths

“If you’re running regularly, try giving your feet a salt bath (one tablespoon of salt in a bowl of warm water) to help relieve aching, tired feet after a run and help to promote healthy circulation.”

(Michael Ratcliffe, podiatrist from Carnation Footcare.)

3) Avoid stress injuries

“When starting out running, you can reduce the risk of stress-related injuries by not increasing your total mileage by more than 10 per cent a week. Vitamin D supplements are also sensible.”

(Simon Moyes, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Wellington Hospital in north London.)

4) Avoid athlete’s foot

Daily runners should keep two pairs of running shoes on the go so that they can allow one pair to dry fully before using them again.

“On returning home after a run, wash your feet, dry them and air them. Avoid walking barefoot in public showers and changing rooms.”

(Mark Booth, osteopath for orthotic manufacturer BodyPartner.)

5) Avoid old running shoes

“Change worn out footwear. Running shoes should be replaced after approximately 500 miles.”

(Michael Ratcliffe, podiatrist from Carnation Footcare.)

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