(WARNING: GROSS FOOT IMAGES BELOW)
Hopefully by now you’ve read Part 1 of our Foot Care for Runners Summer Series, which covered the basics of preparing your feet for running. In this chapter, we’re going to talk about the inevitable foot care for runners: Blisters and calluses.
If you run regularly, you’re bound to find yourself with a bad blister from time to time (even if it’s not from running), as well as developing calluses. Below is an example of a particularly bad one I got recently because of a pair of heels I wore (my pinky toes are especially prone to them):
Everyone has different steps to treating an open blister, but I try and wear open-toe shoes as much as possible so I can let it breathe, and if I do run or have to wear closed-toe shoes for some reason, I always put a Band-Aid on to help protect it from more rubbing.
Here’s a great article from Men’s Health on treating blisters. If your blister is really painful or seems at all infected, see a doctor or podiatrist.
Calluses and roughened skin happen to almost everyone, and luckily they’re not generally painful.
Soaking and scrubbing your feet regularly can help treat and prevent calluses by softening the skin. If you get a bad callus, avoid wearing the shoes or participating in the activity that caused it in the first place. If this isn’t an option, purchase corn pads and/or moleskin to put on the affected area.
See here for more information on treating calluses.
In Part 3 we’ll talk about making your feet soft and beautiful with exfoliation and moisturizing. Stay tuned!