Ten Foot Health Questions Every Athlete Should Ask

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”  
Leonardo da Vinci

Avoidance of pain from Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is why we started Aussie Soles UK.

90 minutes of running in the heat of New Delhi led to excruciating pain in my heel the next morning. All I could think about was please make the pain go away! Part of the treatment plan from the podiatrist was 'get into arch support the moment you step out of bed'. But what is the right footwear indoors and out?

Years later in Eumundi Market, Queensland on the way to Noosa beach I found the perfect solution: Aussie Soles. Once you've had PF you constantly worry about it coming back so I bought a pair and introduced the company to the UK.

Here's the 10 questions Aussie Soles want you Athletes to ask yourselves to maintain foot health and stay injury-free:

  1. Footwear: Am I wearing the most comfortable, suitable shoes I can afford?
  2. Stretching: Warm-ups and cool-downs: How much do I really stretch?
  3. Recovery Footwear: What do I wear after training and between events?
  4. Rest: Am I listening to my body, treating it with respect and resting enough?
  5. Massage: Do I use foam rolls or roller balls on my feet for recovery?
  6. Variety: do I mix off and on road running distances and speeds?
  7. Pain: do I run through it or stop (you should stop)?
  8. Podiatrist/Physio Advice: would I seek advice if pain persists (please do)?
  9. Arch Support: do my feet have an indoor and outdoor solution?
  10. Strength: what exercises am I doing to build foot strength?

And remember Leo's words - look after those feet!