Protecting Your Feet for the Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon is coming up soon. Will your feet be ready? Running can place quite a bit of stress and strain on feet, especially during a marathon. Here are five tips your podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists recommends to make sure your feet will be ready for the Chicago Marathon this year.

1. Begin Training Well in Advance

If you plan on running the Chicago Marathon this year, you need to have started training well in advance. Try to do too much of your training at the last minute, and not only are you unlikely to do well during the race, but you are much more likely to develop an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis.

2. Invest in Quality Socks and Shoes

Don’t even attempt to run long distances without both shoes and socks that are up to the job. Skip your worn-out old tennis shoes and invest in quality running shoes that are comfortable and that offer the support and stability you need. Switch them out after every 350 to 500 miles, but be sure to break in a new pair well in advance of the race.

The socks you choose are just as important, as choosing the wrong pair can result in painful blisters or cuts. Choose well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks that won’t bunch, twist or slide down.

3. Trim Your Toenails

Forget to trim your toenails and not only can you cut your surrounding toes during a long race, but your toenails can even turn black from the repeated pressure. Trim your nails straight across, and be careful not to cut them too short, as this can be uncomfortable as well.

4. Protect Against Blisters

Blisters are a common runners’ complaint. Protect your feet by wearing the right pair of socks and shoes, by keeping your feet dry during the race, and by using a protective lubricant, powder or a bandage to prevent excessive friction in problem areas.

5. Visit Your Chicago Podiatrist

Lastly, if you have existing corns, calluses, warts or other foot problems, be sure to visit your Chicago podiatrist Dr. Feder before the race to have them taken care of. This will eliminate points of friction and help keep your feet safe and comfortable mile after mile.

You’ve been preparing for the Chicago Marathon for months. Don’t let all of your hard work and training go to waste. Use these five tips from your podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago to prepare your feet for an excellent race.

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