A marathon, for example, takes about 55,000 steps to complete. Add all the steps from weeks of training and the total number will be into seven figures. So it’s strange us runners neglect our feet.
Step forward John Vonhof, whose book Fixing Your Feet is a comprehensive guide to injury prevention and treatment, and is essential for all runners.
Dubbed “the foot magician,” Vonhof has four decades of experience as a medical professional and has assisted at races around the world. He knows his stuff and Fixing Your Feet – a book so popular it’s in its seventh edition – offers tips and tricks to avoid potentially race-ending issues.
It covers an array of problems, from calluses and toenail fungus (nice!), to inflamed metatarsal heads and bothersome bunions. Almost everything foot-related is included and given detailed analysis, with info that is easy to follow and understand.
It also has an exhaustive overview of blisters, with three chapters dedicated to our watery lesion friends. One chapter provides prevention details, another gives taping tips, while the third chapter offers treatment advice, both mid- and post-run.
These suggestions, like everything else in the book, are beneficial for runners irrespective of ability or discipline. Everything is straightforward and the additional tales from accomplished athletes not only flesh out the text, but inject personality and entertainment value.
Even if you have somehow avoided foot problems up to now, Fixing Your Feet is a wise investment. It’s a valuable and thorough resource, and one day you’ll be glad you own it.
You can get Fixing Your Feet on Amazon or easily find earlier editions at a cheaper price. Either way, buy it!