As runners, our feet are our tools. We put them through an awful lot, and therefore it’s even more important than usual to take good care of them! I’ve had trials and tribulations with my own feet, and I now make a conscious effort to take better care of them. So here are my top tips!
These are not affiliate links- just products that I really love.
I was recently sent these to test out, as I consistently have problems with blisters on my toes. They’re made from a patented CoolMax fabric, and at first they feel really odd on your feet- kind of wooly, and you expect them to be sweaty and uncomfortable. However, once you actually get going, you don’t notice them at all- it’s just like wearing regular socks. The bonus is that they really do make a difference when it comes to blisters, both on your toes and on the ball of your foot.
Zinc Oxide Tape.
I cannot say enough good things about Zinc Oxide Tape. I was given this tip by a friend in the Army- and with the amount of time they spend walking, hiking and running, they know their stuff. Zinc Oxide Tape is low-friction, meaning it helps prevent blisters. It’s also available cheaply from most drugstores (in the footcare/first aid). Game-changer.
A non-runner friend of mine bought me some of this recently, and I have to say it’s one of the most thoughtful and well-appreciated gifts I’ve ever received! This stuff leaves you feeling so refreshed and cooling. I use it on both my feet and calves before I go to bed after a tough training session. Get some!
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
I picked this up recently for use all over moisturising, but it’s actually great at keeping your feet smooth and friction-free. I put it on my feet before bed, with some socks over the top, and it helps soften everything up, which is actually vital for minimising friction and, consequently, blisters. Also- if you like to use Vaseline or a similar anti-friction product on your feet whilst you run, this is a really great alternative.
Are there any products or tips that I’ve missed?
Lots of love,