Tools of the Trade: Prevention of “Runner’s Feet”November 11, 2008 at 11:23 am | Posted in General Health, Product Review | 11 Comments
I need to go grocery shopping, but I am putting it off for a few days in an attempt to eat what I already have and because I am not in an emergency grocery situation yet (i.e. I am not out of bananas or coffee). So, dinner last night was a little boring and new recipes may be few and far between this week. I feel bad about this, so I’m going to spoil you with some foot care tips.
Men, don’t think for one second that you are exempt from reading this post. Testosterone is no excuse for icky feet.
As runners, our feet take a lot of pounding. Thus, we get calluses, dry skin, cracking, weird toenails, etc. This is not only unattractive, but can actually hurt. I used to have calluses so sharp that they cut a hole in my sock during a 10K race (I was wearing racing flats). I ended up with a painful hot spot on the side of my foot.
Now I take much better care of my feet, and it’s amazingly easy to keep them looking decent if you use the correct tactics. Here’s what I do:
1. I keep a pumice stone in the shower and use it to scrub my feet for a few seconds. Do this at the end of the shower after your skin has had a chance to soften.
2. After I get out of the shower, I cover my feet in Eucerin Intensive Foot Repair cream. It’s nothing fancy; you can get it at most drug stores and it’s relatively inexpensive. It works very, very well.
The whole process takes about one minute in total. Seriously, just one minute every day.
Got black toenails? Nail polish is your best friend. Missing toenails completely? Nail polish is still your best friend. Just paint over the skin.
Waves, sand, and blue sky not guaranteed results.