Please note: all clinics will be closed 29/3/24 - 1/4/24, except Physio services at Stepney, which will be open 8am - 12.30pm on 30/3/24, and Hydrotherapy classes at Welland pool, which will also be open on 30/3/24.

Feet first into your training

Manning Mitchell, sportsmed Podiatrist and all round fitness enthusiast brings us some expert advice this week on putting your best foot forward for long term training success.

Manning plays football, tennis, golf and loves to keep fit in the gym. This year he’s planning on running in the City-Bay for his first time.

Increased training load = increased risk of injury

Our feet endure an amazing amount of force when we run and yet are often neglected!
If you have increased your training load recently (or planning to), you may be at increased risk of injury.
Any recurring sore spots in your feet may require some attention from a Podiatrist.
Our Podiatrists are qualified to assess the structures of the foot and ankle for any muscular, bony or lower limb alignment abnormalities that may be the cause of your pain.


Replace and rotate your runners

Making sure your running shoes are not too old and worn and are most importantly comfortable, is a great start.
It is also wise to have more than one pair of running shoes to train in to reduce risk of overuse injuries and prolong the life of your running shoes.
It is just as important to ensure any form of innersole you may be wearing inside your shoes has been recently checked by a Podiatrist and deemed adequate and necessary.

Sleep and stretch

Sleep and physical rest are vital for bone, muscle and cardiovascular rejuvenation after you train. Make sure you are well rested between workouts.
If you are waking up sore the next morning after a run, you may need a day between runs to rest…
It is still important you move however on rest days, to maintain fitness through such things as weight training, simple walking, cycling, swimming and stretching.

Treat skin and toenail irritations properly

Any skin and toenail irritations when you run can be difficult to manage when you are regularly training. Blistering is very common and can be very painful…
Some simple padding, taping, shoe and sock advice or the use of a form of innersole may be required to prevent these worsening or forming in the first place!
So be sure to check in with a Podiatrist if you have any growing concerns in the lead up to the big day!

Manning is available for podiatry consultations at our Stepney Healthcare Hub and Blackwood clinic.

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