I enjoy running as you all may have guessed. I enjoy exercising in general and all things fitness and nutrition. So what do I get for trying to lead a healthy life? Ugly feet. It’s my sacrifice and I’m honestly 100% ok with it. I remember a time when my size 5s were petite and cute and unscathed. No more. Those feet not only carry the weight of my body all day long while keeping me balanced and upright, but also support me through some pretty intense exercise and pavement pounding. Each one of those gnarly rough spots is a battle scar to be proud of.
All of that is true, but…why does my big toenail have to fall off right at the beginning of summer? It had all fall, winter, and spring to jump ship when sandals were not my footwear of choice. No, it decided to take its leave on June 7th. It has been trying to go for a while now, but some nail glue and skilled polish work delayed the inevitable. Now the time has come, though. RIP little toenail.
Do you have “ugly” runners feet? Or workout feet of any kind?
Tips for Footcare for the Female Athlete (or any exerciser)
- keep them short but not so short that it causes soreness
- keep them round rather than square if you are prone to ingrown toenails
Rough Skin and Calluses
- soak feet in warm water for 10 minutes or so and use a pumice or foot grater (gross word but accurate description) to remove rough skin
- Use a foot cream such as my fave Burts Bess Coconut Foot Cream (or good ole coconut oil) and put on cotton socks overnight
- make sure your shoes are in good condition and are the proper model and fit. Excess friction caused by a particular fit or stride or shoes in poor condition can be a cause
- Use an anti-fungal powder or cream
- Avoid prolonged wearing of wet/sweaty sock and shoes as this fungus thrives in warm moist conditions
I have found that there is a necessary amount of rough skin that protects my feet from blisters, so I don’t try to have perfectly pretty tootsies. I do, however, try to keep them from being too offensive as one of my favorite things ever is a foot rub. Seriously, my favorite thing EVER in the whole world (sorry coffee, they trump even you) and I’m also a huge fan of sandals and flip flops. The husband (the occasional foot rubber) appreciates at least minimal care 🙂