Foot Care for Runners – Part 3

In this section, we’re going to talk a little more about things you should be doing regularly to keep your feet looking and feelingΒ soft and healthy.

Cleansing

  • Not enough people pay special attention to washing their feet and let the runoff soap in the shower do the trick. While your feet may not stink, they’re not getting the proper cleansing. Make sure that every time you shower, you’re washing your feet and in between your toes to ensure that you’re getting all the dirt and sweat off.
  • This goes for cleaning the dirt out from your toenails, too. Invest in a toenail clipper that has a tool for removing the dirt, and use it every time you clip your toenails.

Buffing/ExfoliatingFoot Care for Runners - Homemade Foot Scrub

  • To take care of those callused heels and toes, get a pumice stone to help slough off the dead skin. You can read about pumice stones and how to use themΒ HERE.
  • You can also make your own foot scrub by using a 2:1 ratio of brown sugar/sea salt and oil (coconut, jojoba, etc.) plus a couple drops of your favorite essential oil. If you spend a lot of time barefoot outside, you can also add some aloe vera gel for sun protection.

Moisturizing

  • A couple of times a week (and especially if you shower at night), try this easy trick: As soon as you get out of the shower, put a thick layer of moisturizer on your feet and slip on some clean socks. Wear these for a couple of hours or overnight for baby soft feet.

Pedicuring

  • One way to instantly make your feet look nicer is to paint your toenails (ladies). If you are an ultra runner you may want to think about this, because it’s important that you can see any injuries, bruising or bleeding underneath your nails.

 

We hope you got something out of our Foot Care for Runners Summer Series – remember that as a runner, your feet are your weapons as well as your protection, so don’t forget to give them the attention they deserve.
Feel free to send us any other tips you have by commenting below!

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