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Choosing suitable shoes is essential for keeping your feet healthy.
It's best to buy your pair of shoes in the evening after 5 pm, or after having run. In fact, your feet flatten out and therefore stretch out over the course of the day and when running. It is essential to try on both feet and to properly lace up the shoes.
As a general rule, there should be a gap of around 1/2 an inch between the end of the shoe and your longest toe when your foot is flexed (standing on your toes, with your heel lifted off the floor). Jog on the spot with the shoes on: your toes should not come into contact with the end of the shoe and your heel should remain held in place. There should be no discomfort: you shouldn't feel any seams or hard spots.
Your choice of model should also take into account your weight, type of stride, sporting level, running frequency and duration.
Choosing the right socks is just as important as choosing the right shoes, as socks will wick away moisture. You should make sure there are no seams that rub your toes. By putting your hand inside the sock, you can check that the material used will not cause any irritation.
Always wear socks with your running shoes. You will find it far easier to wash your socks than the inside of a shoe!
Training prepares the feet for exercise just as it prepares your breathing, muscles and tendons.
When running, your feet heat up inside your shoes. They can dry out and lose their flexibility. But too much moisturecaused by rain can also make your skin fragile.
You can limit these problems by moisturising your feet. There are several ready-to-use pharmaceutical products out there, but you can also make your own. Apply pure unsweetened lemon juice in the morning and a moisturising cream in the evening for 10 to 20 days before the race. On the morning of the competition, put a good dose of moisturiser on your feet, unless the route is wet.
If needed, you can also protect your feet using adhesive tape.
Once you've done all of the hard preparation work, your feet are ready to race. There is little more to do, unless you are trail or long distance running.
For trail, change your socks regularly, especially in wet weather. For very long distances, bring some moisturiser and if possible several pairs of shoes in different sizes so that you can change them as soon as the problem arises. In the case of injury, consult the chiropodists at the event
Always dry your shoes: to do so remove the sock liners and stuff them with newspaper.
Other problems may appear over weeks or months of training. You should respond to them as follows:
The most important thing is to maintain good everyday foot hygiene:
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