The days are warming up and that means that trail runs and mountain races are winding up in earnest. Preparing for a run includes the wellbeing prospects of lifestyle improvements, increased fitness and goal fulfillment. It is important to note that training for and racing in a trail/mountain running is likely to put pressure on your feet, because of the hilly and rough terrain. This means that you will be running slower and priority must be given to the comfort of your feet, which will be taking maximum impact. Not having the correct shoes or socks could lead to blisters, sore feet and foot cuts. It is important to go through a full podiatry check-up, covering your feet, footprint and our gait. Minor problems, if left untreated, can eventually escalate to more serious conditions of the ankles, leg, hips and knees.
Shoes that are too small can cause blisters under the toes and at the end of the toenails. There should be a thumb’s width space between the toes and the end of the toe box. Running shoes must be worn for a time while training, so as to adapt to your feet. The feet tend to expand as the day advances and particularly after engaging in physical activities. It is also important to wear the same socks that you will be using during the run or race. Just like sweaty feet, dry skin is also prone to friction.
Your socks should also fit smoothly, with no extra fabric at the toes or heels. Synthetic socks keep moisture away from the skin. Cotton may be lighter, but it retains fluid. Socks with reinforced heels and toes help reduce friction, which can be annoying and painful. Blisters are caused by friction, usually by your shoes or socks rubbing against the skin. Anything that intensifies rubbing can start a blister, including a faster pace, poor-fitting shoes and foot abnormalities such as bunions, heel spurs and hammertoes.
Falke have designed trail socks specifically for this. They are made from 79% drynamix, 3% trilobal, 16% nylon and 2% elastane. They provide a full foot cushioning and a sensitive cuff for comfort. The arch support prevents socks from sliding and the reinforced heel and toe aids in durability. The mesh panels provide ventilation and the drynamix moisture management helps keep the feet cool, dry and comfortable while moving.
Superior quality Falke trail running socks not only make sure that your feet stays away from moisture, they also provide your feet with overall protection, reduce the risk of foot injuries and blisters. Falke socks have proven to be the best trail running socks that takes off the pressure and strains from the toes to the heels.
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