Let’s face the ugly truth: Runners typically don’t have the prettiest feet. From blisters and calluses to black toenails and bunions, a runner’s foot endures a lot of abuse.
Feet are the foundation of the body, and when your feet hurt, you hurt all over. Roughly 75 percent of people in the U.S. deal with foot pain at some point in their lives, with women being at a much higher risk for it because of running and high heels, or, like many runners, wearing shoes that don’t properly fit.
It’s about time you put foot pain behind you so you can focus on miles—without being embarrassed when you take your shoes off or in pain. Larysa DiDio, fitness expert and Aetrex spokesperson, shares a few tips to help you rid foot pain.
Wear The Right Shoes
This is a no brainer, but most common foot conditions can be prevented by wearing the right shoes for your feet and, in some cases, orthotics as well. Whether it’s a work pump or running shoe, know the proper shoe size, arch and the location of pressure points on your feet—you can get all this information from a foot specialist. Take care of your feet so your running doesn’t get sidelined.
Find A Brand That Specializes In Shoe Support
Women are very active, bouncing from activity to activity and checking off items from their to do lists. Without a comfortable pair of shoes, women compromise their activity and health—a hurt foot can lead to knee issues or back pain. Aetrex is just one company that offers stylish shoes and sneakers to provide the support and cushioning women need to get through their day in comfort. The Healthy Feet Store offers a wide array of stylish shoes to wear as well—specialty shoes have come a long way!
Rocking The Heels
When it comes to high heels, there are plenty of different choices and options for women to pick from. Limit wearing high-fashion, extra-high heels for special occasions or when the occasion really demands it. If you have to wear a heel for work, wear something low that offers superior arch support.
For the day to day, find stylish heels that provide health benefits for the feet, such as arch support in the midfoot or memory foam foot beds. Being selective and spending a little more time (and sometimes a little more money) searching for the right shoes for every foot will enable women to look and feel their best. If a shoe doesn’t feel right when you try it on in a store, it will feel even worse when you’re trying to dance all night in them.
Have A Massage
Massages can help stretch and alleviate the pain of tight tendons, muscles and joints. Foam rollers and firm balls—like TriggerPoint’s TP Factor Ball—are easy-to-use, at-home tools for self massages.
Be sure to stretch your feet, calves and legs often and strengthening exercises to avoid injury.
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