How to Prevent Marathon Feet

Summer is when people typically spend more time getting physical activity outdoors. Many people participate in marathons during the warm season, and running in these races can result in major foot pain. A condition known as “marathon feet” is common to runners who do not prepare their feet properly prior to running a marathon. It occurs when soft tissues of the feet become inflamed after running for several hours on rough pavement.

The foot pain can be severe to the point where it’s even painful to lay a blanket on top of your feet. It is important to know what steps you can take to prevent “marathon feet”, especially if you are running a marathon for the first time.

The following tips will help you prevent “marathon feet”:

Condition your feet to a pair of running shoes– Do not run in an unworn pair of running shoes at the marathon. It is important to purchase your marathon shoes weeks prior, and break into them before the event.

Train right by running on the proper surface– Training for a marathon on surfaces like a treadmill or on the grass will not properly prepare your feet for the impact of rougher pavement. Figure out where you will be running during the marathon, and practice on the same type of surface when you are training.

Treat your feet with a bath– After the marathon, give your feet a fifteen minute ice bath at your house or hotel. Providing your feet with care immediately after the event can ultimately prevent severe foot pain the following day.

If you experience severe foot pain 2-3 days after running a marathon, it is necessary to get checked by a podiatrist to ensure you do not have a more serious foot injury. Schedule an appointment with the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today.