Most of us are blessed with the ability to walk, many of us are able to run but only a few of us are able to compete in high levels of athletics. Whether you are an olympian or just a weekend warrior, keeping you feet guarded against unnecessary injury or strain during time of accelerated training or constant use is important.
Maybe you deliver the mail, or stand at a cash register all day, there are ways to keep your feet balanced. Orthotic shoes and custom orthotics in the form of inserts are designed specifically with healthy feet in mind.
For The Dedicated Runner
Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. No wonder a lot of things can go wrong. Here are a few common problems:
- Bunions - hard, painful bumps on the big toe joint
- Corns and calluses - thickened skin from friction or pressure
- Plantar warts - warts on the soles of your feet
- Fallen arches - also called flat feet
Ill-fitting shoes often cause these problems. Aging and being overweight also increase your chances of having foot problems.
A true runner loves a lot of things about running, so they do a lot of it and not a lot of anything else. It’s adventure, it’s speed, it’s simplicity at it’s finest. You on your own against yourself, you against your competitors and you against the mountains or whichever road you choose. It’s being at one with all of those elements.
Use it for transportation, it can take you to see the world, it has been and always will be part of the human experience.
The foot falls on dirt have occurred millions of times yet every time is great and though sometimes painful running continues to draw people out into the wild everyday.
Foot Care For The Runner
Our feet carry us everywhere, and an injury for them is lethal to the career of a competitive runner. Sometimes injury is a result of an immediate trauma which happens in an instant, but for a long distance runner the injuries can be more insidious, creeping up on you mile after mile of use. Footwear is critical. Knowing your stride, cadence, and how your feet hit the ground is important. Often traditional footwear can be improved with customized orthotic inserts that keep your feet healthy. No two feet are the same.
While running is a simple act, it introduces so many complex things into life: purpose and structure–everything from bedtime to meal-time revolves around an external clock dictated by running, it burns calories. If you love to eat, running is the best!
Running connects us to the community and to nature. Life without cool people and big trees is far less rich.
But running also connects us to death. If you run seriously, you toe the line of your own mortality, seen daily in physical progress followed by both gradual and sudden failures, some nearly imperceptible and some completely catastrophic.
When you become intimately acquainted with the nuances of your body’s failure, you also become acquainted with the thin line that separates being full of life with being dust. Understanding mortality is the key to truly, unflinchingly loving life.