Diminished Heel Pad Treatment

I know a number of runners and athletes who struggle with loss of the fat pad under their heels. It’s a fairly common problem as we age. Some people have more of a problem with this than others. Several weeks ago I received an email from John Marnell. He wanted to share what worked for him.

John is 73 years old and has run for 40 years. He’s done many marathons plus a period of ten years when he did ultras. He says, “I feel fortunate to still be sort of running.”

Here’s John story about his fat pad history and treatment.

“I thought my condition was plantar fasciitis and tried self-treatment for quite a while. Finally, with no improvement I went to a sports podiatrist who ordered an MRI. Results showed a severely diminished heel pad on the left foot. He wanted to try these additions to my orthotics before considering other treatments.

“It’s best described as a horseshoe shaped dense foam pad he cut and trimmed to fit and then glued them directly onto both orthotics. They keep the bottom of the heel from direct impact on the orthotic. Heel pain gone. I’ve used them for six months with continued success.

Horseshoe pad for fat pad treatment

Heel Pad Treatment

The pad is 3/16” thick at the back and along the sides of the orthotic, tapering slightly to fit, and cup my heel toward the center of the orthotic.”

This is a simple fix that could work for many people. You can see the horseshoe shaped pad on the heel of John’s insole. Any podiatrist or pedorthist could make the same thing for you. If you struggle with pain from the loss of your fat pads. Give this a try.

Thanks John for sharing your treatment and the picture.

An Advanced Course about Maceration

Several weeks before Western States last year I wrote a blog post about conditions on the course and how feet were going to be wet. The title was Running a Wet 100-Mile Trail Run. I talked about what would happen to runners’ feet, and steps I would take to manage my feet if I were running. Based on the feet we saw on the course, the majority of runners did not read the post and if they did, they ignored the advice.

In a normal year at Michigan Bluff, we treat 40-60 runners for blisters on the heel, forefoot, arch, and toes. Last year we treated one, yes – 1 for blisters. Everyone else had feet in a different stages of maceration. It was clear than runners did not take steps to manage their wet feet.

My friend, Rebecca Rushton, is a podiatrist in Australia. She wrote the forward for the 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet and I value her opinion on fixing feet. She’s very sharp and manages the website Blister Prevention. Yesterday Rebecca send out an important email about the question How Do I Keep My Feet Dry?

I want to share Rebecca’s email and the links to her three articles on maceration. It’s like an advanced course about maceration. I urge you to take a few minutes and read all three articles and heed her advice. The three articles cover the problem (maceration), treatment, and prevention. In my opinion, it’s a must read.

Here’s the email from Rebecca:

 

Most people know that moisture increases friction levels; and higher friction levels means more blisters.

So keeping the feet dry is an important blister-busting aim.

That’s a tough gig! Think about how your feet are wrapped up in shoes and socks the whole time. How can you keep the skin dry from the sweat being expelled from the skin? And dry from water coming into the shoe from the outside (environmental water – puddles, rain, dew, river-crossings, water tipped over the head which runs down the legs and into the shoes)?

Blisters are one thing. But in extreme waterlogging situations, the skin can become macerated. This is something every single athlete wants to avoid!

I’ve written a series of 3 articles on this very subject. If your feet are going to be exposed to water for an extended period of time, you owe it to yourself to read these articles.

And a word of warning … there are some pretty shocking photos in here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Talk soon 😉

Rebecca

 

Here’s the link to the first article on the problem of maceration. Each article has a link to the next article so you can read all three.

Blister Formation

October 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: blister care, Foot Care, Footwear Products, Health, Sports 

This is the first in a multi-part series on blister formation and prevention. Subsequent posts will focus on various part of the blister process. Too many people do not understand how blisters form, some even think they are a natural part of the running or hiking experience.

Blisters are the result of shear trauma to the skin. When running, every step is “repetitive loading” as the foot moves through the foot strike. The whole of the body’s weight is put on the skin and inner tissues, onto the bones and joints, up the leg, into the knees and hips, and into the pelvis and spine. For now, let’s focus on the foot. The skin can take a lot of repetitions without a problem, but once skin and tissue damage reaches a painful level, the trauma is escalating rapidly.

Repetitive loading has two components. The first is a vertical loading to the surface of the skin and by itself is relatively harmless. The second is a repetitive friction loading parallel to the surface of the skin. The two combine to create shear stresses within the skin. When these shear stresses exceed a certain level, micro tears begin to form within the third layer of tissue. As more repetition occurs, more micro tears appear and existing tears grow. These tears in the tissue form a cleft parallel to the skin’s surface. The cleft fills with serous fluid and a blister has formed—caused by shear stressors. This typically occurs in the stratum spinosum, the inner fourth layer of the epidermis that is the least resistant to shear.

If the blister is deep or traumatically stressed by continued running or hiking, the serous fluid may contain blood. When the serous fluid lifts the outer layer of epidermis, oxygen and nutrition to this layer is cut off and it becomes dead skin. This outer layer is easily burst. The fluid then drains and the skin loses its natural protective barrier. The underlying skin is raw and sensitive. At this point, the blister is most susceptible to infection.

Rebecca Rushton, an Australian podiatrist and the author of The Blister Prone Athlete’s Guide to Preventing Foot Blisters, has studied extensively about blister formation. She has identified four requirements for shear that cause foot blisters to form:

  1. Skin resilience: The skin on our feet is, by its very nature, susceptible to blister formation. Repeated gradual exposure to shear can improve the skin’s ability to withstand shear stress. Often times the skin is stressed by a sudden increase, or an increase over many days. Examples include increasing one’s mileage too quickly and doing more than normal in a multiday event.
  2. Moving bone: Bones within the foot move throughout the foot strike. The more they move relative to the skin’s surface, the higher the shear stress created, and the more likely you are to develop a blister. An example is the movement of the heel bone underneath the skin as it moves up and down in the shoe’s heel counter.
  3. Repetition: It’s the repetitions throughout the foot strike that increase the odds of a blister forming. An example is studies showing that runners in a multiday event blister more as the race progresses.
  4. Friction and normal force: The levels of friction and pressure determine the amount of shear that impacts the skin.

It’s worth talking about how blisters will deroof—when the stop layer of skin is torn off the top of the blister. Consider a back-of-the-heel blister. A blister has formed because the heel bone has moved up and down while the outer skin has remained fixed inside the sock and shoe. The shear stressors, as described previously, have caused the blister. With repeated levels of movement against the skin on the back of the heel, the skin can be rubbed over and over. This is what causes abrasions. When the forces that cause blisters combine with forces that cause abrasion, the skin is stretched past normal levels and is torn off.

In reality, some people are more blister-prone than others, irrespective of the amount of training and preparation. In spite of having done everything right, the shear strength of their skin is going to be lower than others—no matter what they do. They are simply blister-prone. For others, some of this has to do with the training that they do in preparation for races. It’s quite common at races to see lead runners come through aid stations without any blister problems. They typically have conditioned their feet through extensive training. But as the race progresses, the middle- and back-of-the-pack runners enter aid stations with a lot of blister problems. They typically have put fewer miles on their feet and, in some cases, have made poor choices about footwear and foot care.

This is the first in a multi-part series on blister formation and prevention. The material is extracted from Fixing Your Feet, 6th edition.

The Year’s Best Blister Horror Story

You may have seen the news articles either in your newspaper, or on Facebook, or on TV. Let me paint you a word picture of some of the headlines and quotes:

  • Blister sparked tears
  • “I got a really bad blister.”
  • “My mind was ‘blocked with pain’ of a blister.”
  • Pain and tears
  • Blister caused meltdown

Marin Cilic let the tears come midway through the second set after calling for medical attention for a nasty blister on his left foot. The former US Tennis Open champion had tried to play through the pain, but couldn’t stop Federer from winning the tournament. Cilic said, “I got a bad blister in the semi-final against Sam Querrey. Fluid just came down under my callous in the foot.” The medical staff helped him over a period of 30 hours and did as much as they could. He said, “I still felt the pain. Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that.” Cilic was challenged emotionally because of everything he had gone through in the months before Wimbledon. “It was very, very difficult to deal with it. It didn’t hurt so much that it was putting me in tears. It was just that feeling that I wasn’t able to give the best.” Here’s the full story.

Wimbledon 2017: Devastated Marin Cilic Reveals Blister Sparked Tears

What did this cost Cilic? It cost him the championship at Wimbledon and the fame and fortune that goes with it. Putting it into language that athletes would understand, If this had been you, it could have cost you a completion of a hundred mile race, an adventure race win, a marathon win, a through hike, and more.

So here’s what happened. We know that Cilic had a callus on the ball of his left foot. A blister developed under the callus, and then popped. A fluid filled blister hurts and when it’s on a pressure point area of the foot, it hurts even more. Then with the fluid removed, the blister’s roof moves against the inner layer of raw skin, causing even more pain. Movement, especially when doing sudden pivots and push-offs, as required in tennis, becomes impossible. That’s it. One blister. But a blister in a vital spot – at the head of the metatarsal at the base of the large toe on the left foot can ruin your day – or your chance for the 2017 Wimbledon trophy.

In the picture you can see white stuff on the bottom of Cilic’s foot. That’s tape residue from the layers of tape they put on his foot. The residue builds up into a sticky mess and can become an irritant. Look closely and you’ll see a callus or blister just under the ball of his big toe. That’s a typical callus area too and I’d bet he had a thick callus there. Cilic mentioned fluid that came out from under the callus. Try as they could, the doctors and medics were unable to patch his foot so he could play the way he needed to play. Since his play was compromised, he ended up losing.

So what’s the lesson here?

  1. Callus buildup is bad. It’s one of my main things I talk about. Calluses. Spend the time it takes to reduce your calluses. If Cilic did not have a callus, he might not have developed a blister.
  2. Treat it right from the start. We can only speculate what treatment Cilic received. How did they lance the blister? Did they get all the fluid out? Did it refill? What did they put over the callus and blister? Did the blister extend beyond the callus? What kind of tape did they use? What did he do to his foot during the 30 hours? How many times did they try to tape it. Why didn’t they remove the tape residue?
  3. Was this a recurrence? In other words, had he had a blister in the same place before?
  4. What was the surface of his insoles like? Coarse and rough? Smooth? Did they change insoles?
  5. What kind socks was he wearing? Did he change to a different pair as the injury progressed?

What would I have done? My treatment is based on what I read through the news stories and saw in the pictures.

  1. I would have checked his insoles and if they had a rough surface, I would have replaced then with a pair that had a smoother surface.
  2. I would have put a large ENGO Blister Prevention Patch on the insole under the callus and ball of the foot. This would have reduced the friction dramatically.
  3. If the callus over the blister is rough and coarse skin, I’d file it down to remove some of the coarseness and bulk.
  4. I would have made sure there were at least three lanced holes in the blister, in spots were pressure through the foot strike would have forced fluid out. And made sure all the fluid was out.
  5. I’d put a small dab of antibiotic ointment over the blister and apply a strip of kinesiology tape over the whole ball of the book, making sure the skin was clean, with a tincture of benzoin base and an added strip of benzoin to the tapes edges.
  6. I’d then add two figure 8s from Hypafix or Coverall tape between the toes to anchor the forward edge of the kinesiology tape at the base of the toes.
  7. Finally, roll the socks on the foot to avoid pulling any edges of the tape loose.
  8. Optionally #1, If the pain was almost unbearable, I would have applied cushioned adhesive felt over the ball of the foot and then the kinesiology tape over that.
  9. Optionally #2, I would have the athlete wear a double layer sock or two light weight socks to allow for movement between the two socks layers and reduce pressure on the ball of the foot.

Over the years, I have found most doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and even podiatrists, do not know how to patch blisters on athlete’s feet in order to get them back into the race or event.

I know I was not courtside, and don’t know what Cilic’s medical people saw. But the above treatment plan is still what I would do regardless of other things. You are welcome to weigh in on what you think.

Running a Wet 100 Mile Trail Run

In less than two weeks is the running of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. I will be at the 55.7-mile Michigan Bluff aid station, along with Tonya Olson and others on the medical team. Our aim is to make sure you are healthy to continue on towards Placer High School and a good finish.

For the past six years, the mountains have been dry and the trails dusty. Feet get caked with dirt. Blisters are caused by the dust and dirt as an irritant inside shoes and socks.

2011 was the last snow year. I have looked a bit online and am unclear on snow conditions this year. But this much I am certain, there will be snow and feet will be wet. How much snow remains to be seen.

I am 100% certain that runners will have long sections of wet trail, either from the snow, snow run off, water on the trail, and stream crossings. That equals miles of running with wet feet. I’m also 100% certain that we’ll have lots of wet feet, blisters, and maceration. In fact maceration could easily be a bigger problem than blisters. Don’t forget to avoid pouring water over your head where it will run down your legs into your shoes, contributing to maceration. Lean forward rather then standing straight up.

A blister can be lanced and taped, and runners can continue without to many issues. Maceration is a different story. Once your feet are macerated – the skin shriveled like a prune, there is no quick fix.

With prolonged exposure, the skin on your feet goes through four stages as the maceration progresses to severe cracks and tears in the skin—that can be race ending. As the skin on your feet moves through the four stages, the skin folds over on itself and can crack or tear. This can be painful. Many runners come into aid stations complaining of bad blisters only to be told they don’t have any – it’s severe maceration.

I expanded the section on maceration in the 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet. Starting on page 188, are 12 pages with sections about Cold and Wet, Maceration, Trench Foot and Chilblains, Frostbite, and Snow and Ice. Included are tips and products to help with those conditions. If you have a copy, read the sections – and have you crew read them also. On page 101 is a section on High-Technology Oversocks like SealSkinz and Hanz, Serius, and eZeefit waterproof type socks. Another sock worth mentioning is ArmaSkin socks, which is used as a sock liner and fits tightly against your feet. They would be my choice for a wet race. I’d also wear gaiters to keep snow, dirt, and grit out of my shoes.

As far as skin preparation, here’s what I would do – expecting wet feet. My drop bags would have clean socks, small containers or baggies with powder to help dry wet skin, and container or tubes of any of the following: RunGoo, Trail Toes, Desitin Maximum Strength Original Paste, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, or a strong zinc oxide paste. I’d also carry some in my hydration pack. I would apply a liberal coating of one of these from toes to up the heels and then roll my socks on. Rolling socks on will help prevent smearing and thinning the paste on areas of the feet.

Since proactive care is better than reactive, I’d check my feet at most aid stations, adding paste as necessary. If my feet were feeling bad at an aid station, I’d apply some powder to help dry the skin, and have some food while letting the powder do its job. Then apply more paste and clean socks. If your feet are badly macerated, it will take drying them, coating them with powder, and rubbing it in and letting it sit for a while, then stripping off the powder and adding more of your choice of paste. That may easily mean 15 minutes or more. If you don’t take care of macerated feet, they’ll get worse over time, requiring more care and longer time – and there may come a point when it’s irreversible in the time you have.

The time you take in aid stations does add up and it can quickly erase any time cushion you may have to finish within an allotted time. But skip quality care, rush too fast, ship hydration or eating, and you’ll pay the cost.

Remember your first line of defense should be your crew. They should know what you want for foot care and how to do it correctly. There aren’t enough medical people to take care of everyone’s feet and we may be busy with others, adding more time to your aid station visit.

Yes, as I said earlier, I will be at Michigan Bluff and Tonya and I will do our best to help you. But heed my warning. We cannot work miracles when you have failed to take care of your feet from the start. In the same way we cannot take away the pain and problems with black toenails and toe blisters caused by your not trimming your toenails, we cannot repair badly macerated feet when you have not tried steps to control the maceration.

I ran Western States in the late 80s and one thing I learned is the outcome of the race in your hands. Whether is your training, conditioning, choice of footwear, choices of food, what’s in your head, your choice of crew – lots of things affect your race. I encourage you to take the time necessary to care for your feet.

Running in Barefoot and Minimalist Shoes

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Footwear, Footwear Products, Health, Sports 

Today’s post is from a website called Jen Reviews. The piece below is one part of the entire post, which focuses on running in what the author calls “barefoot shoes” or minimalist shoes. It think this is a relevant subject and of importance because many runners, and even walkers, want to learn more about and try these shoes. The article is 15 Health Benefits of Barefoot Running Shoes, According to Science (+8 Tips for Beginners).

There is a lot of valuable information in the lengthy article and we can all learn something by giving it a read. I’ve extracted a section that talks about transitioning into running in these lightweight shoes. With summer coming on, many think about getting outside more and looking at new shoes. These shoes can be helpful to many runners but many athletes have been injured by doing too much too soon, giving podiatrists extra business. Don’t be one of them. Read the section below and then check out the full article.

Here’s the excerpt, taken from tip # 4 for beginners. To me, that means beginners to either these shoes or running in general.

Gradually Transition into Using Barefoot Running Shoes Regularly

While running barefoot or with barefoot shoes can be beneficial on many levels, just because you have the option to run in barefoot shoes, doesn’t mean that you have to use them all the time (3). That is, while professional athletes use them to recover from injuries, they do not use them while they are training or during a game.

You must choose the right manner in which to use your barefoot running shoes, especially if it is your first time using them. The best way is to ease into the use of them.

Try walking indoors first, then walk outdoors. Proceed to run indoors, then run outdoors. Once running outdoors, transition from running on soft surfaces to harder ones. Doing this will allow your body’s natural shock mechanisms to build up, which will allow you run better with these shoes or barefoot in the future.

It is recommended that when switching running shoes, that you do not add more than 10% of exercise per week to your regular running routine.

For instance, during the first four weeks of using barefoot shoes, walk slowly for 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times per week. In the next 2 weeks, run briefly on a soft surface 2 to 3 times per week. You can do this exercise as a warm-up or cool down for your regular workouts.

After this time, you may then increase your barefoot running exercises on soft surfaces by 10% 2 to 3 times per week. Proceed to do this until you are able to perform 50% of your normal workouts in barefoot shoes.

Bottom Line: Though running with barefoot shoes can be beneficial to your health, you do not have to use them all the time. In fact, for those who have not used barefoot running shoes, it is best if you ease into the use of them by gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your workouts over a matter of weeks.

This is good advice for anyone thinking about these new lightweight shoes. Check out the full article at 15 Health Benefits of Barefoot Running Shoes, According to Science (+8 Tips for Beginners).

eNZees Foot Soothers for Your Feet

Whenever we talk about hot spots on our toes or heel, or other places on our feet, the common suggestions are lubricants and tape. It’s the same thing when we think about blister prevention. That’s what we’ve heard or been taught for years. Today I want to introduce you to another, more natural option – lambswool.

eNzees Foot Soother

eNZees Foot Soother has the best lambswool product for our feet. Their wool comes from sheep in New Zealand. Jill Schuman lives in Durango, Colorado and loves to travel and discover the power of being outdoors as an avid hiker. While trekking in a beautiful part of New Zealand’s Southern Alps on a trail called the Routeburn Track she discovered the benefits of lambswool. “During the pre-hike orientation meeting prior to our 27-mile trek, our hiking leader recommended that we bring some of the local wool fleece with us, in case we encountered foot problems along the way. Sure enough, the next day on the trail, I began to notice hot spots building under my toes. As our trek leader had suggested, I took a moment to apply the wool fleece around and under the problem area. I was amazed that within 30-minutes, the hot spot disappeared. That evening when I removed my boot and sock, my toe was soft and totally pain-free.”

eNzees Foot SootherTalking to a couple that was 5th generation New Zealand sheep ranchers, she learned of their knowledge of the benefits of the wool fleece and its curative lanolin. Jill shares, “From that chance meeting high in the mountains of New Zealand, the vision of eNZees Foot Soother was born. After many months of research and testing of numerous types of wool from many different ranches, we were lucky enough to connect with a sheep breeder on the South Island of New Zealand. This relationship has resulted in a consistent source of high quality soft wool from pure-bred organic sheep that forms the basis of eNZees Foot Soother.

The wool from New Zealand’s sheep contains lanolin, a wax like substance that keeps one’s skin soft while offering some degree of waterproofing. Lanolin’s curative properties help protect the skin and promote faster healing. It’s a natural moisturizer. The wool is harvested from the sheep, cleaned and processed for six weeks.

eNZees Foot Soother applied to toes

eNZees Foot Soother lambswool comes in two package options. A mini 5-pack contains five individual packs of the wool – each enough for 2-3 applications. A larger muti-activity pack contains enough wool for 15-20 applications. The packs are inexpensively priced at $13.95 each. Both packs come in a package with a Zip-lock closure.

Put some in a Zip-lock baggie and add it to your running or hiking kit and in your larger foot care kit. It takes just a moment to pull off a tuff of the wool and wrap it around a troublesome hotspot. Then carefully pull your socks over the wool. The strands of wool will weave securely into the sock fibers, ensuring they stay in place even through rigorous activity without the need to hold them down with tape. That’s right, no scissors and no tape and no lubricant all over your fingers. It’s barely there but it’s working. When you’re done with your activity, remove your sock and pull the wool away from the sock. It can be reused if it hasn’t firmed up. Thru hikers regularly reuse it. The wool is not limited to use on your feet. Cyclists have used it in their bike shorts to help with rubbing. A video on their website shows how to apply the wool.

As an added bonus, eNZees Foot Soother’s lambswool can also offer relief from corns and calluses when used on a regular basis. If you are concerned about a wool allergy, don’t be. What people call a wool allergy is really the chemicals that are put on processed wool. ENZees has only natural lanolin and people that think they are allergic to wool do not complain of a reaction.

Do not use the wool over areas of broken skin.

On my pack of eNZees Foot Soothers wool are the words, Let New Zealand Sheep Save Your Sole. I like that and encourage you to check out this great new product.

How To Buy Shoes That Don’t Hurt

March 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Footwear, Footwear Products, Health 

Anytime we buy shoes, we must make sure we get the best possible fit. There are more than a few tips on getting a good fit and over the years I have blogged about them and included them in every edition of Fixing Your Feet.

It’s one thing to read a list of tips. It’s quite another to see an infographic that shows in pictures and text, the same information. So in this post I am sharing an infographic courtesy of Walsh Brothers Shoes. Spend a few minutes looking at the images and reading the explanations, and then check out the Walsh Brothers Shoes website. They are located in Ireland and have a wide assortment of casual to dress shoes, boots, sandals, and more. They also have a blog that is worth reading.

If this infographic helps you understand how to find shoes that don’t hurt, you are ahead of the game. Thanks to Paula Casey from Walsh Brothers Shoes.

It may take a few clicks on the image to get the full size, so be patient. It’s worth it.

Specialized Trail Shoe from ALTRA

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footwear, Footwear Products, Sports 

Years ago, most running shoes were for the road. Then trail running became popular and shoe companies took up the challenge to make trail shoes. There are now trail shoes made for those wanting a “regular” shoe, a heavily cushioned shoe, a higher top shoe, a minimalist shoe, and more.

Then events like the Spartan Race series, Tough Mudder, and a host of similar runs evolved. These races are often on dirt-loving, mud-sucking, and water filled courses. While you can run these in typical trail shoes, it can pay to have a specialized shoe.

King MT 1Altra has released the King MT, made for runners who embrace mud, rocks and burly mountain climbs. They advertise it for FKT (fastest known time) running, off-road running, peak bagging, OCR (obstacle course racing) , and fell running. I see it as a shoe also made for races like Spartan Fit. Couple this with an ankle gaiter and you have a shoe with great possibilities.

King MTThe Altra King MT features a Vibram® MegaGrip rubber outsole with 6 mm lugs designed for optimal lateral breaking, medial gripping and maximum traction in wet, loose and rocky conditions. Topping this is the Altra Ego™ midsole, a new compound with high responsiveness at a low weight. Altra built the shoe on a Fully-Cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box. A flexible, wrap-around StoneGuard™ rock plate adds extra protection underfoot, and the one-directional friction heel lining keeps your foot securely in the shoe. The King MT has the most supportive upper of any Altra with TPU overlays, durable polyester Ripstop fabric and a Foot Lock Strap (that doubles as a lace keeper!) to lock your foot into the shoe on steep ascents and descents. The shoe has Altra’s natural foot positioning, walking form, and toe splay design. The cushioning is light and the weight is 10.2 oz / 289 grams.

King MTTry the Altra King MT shoe in water and you may have to make a few holes for drainage. If you need better drainage, heat a large nail and run it through the upper where it meets the midsole at each side of the arch and forefoot.

If you are not familiar with races like the Spartan Fit, please see my blog post What Will You Do  in 2017.

OOFOS Great New Recovery Sandals

January 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footwear, Footwear Products 

Last August I attended the Outdoor Research Show in Salt Lake City. One of the displays that caught my interest was the OOFOS booth. Wow, was I impressed.

OOFOS OOrginal Sport Sandal

OOFOS OOrginal Sport Sandal

OOFOS makes a line of footwear that uses OOfoam Impact Absorption Technology, which absorbs 37% more impact than traditional foam; reduces stress on joints, feet, knees, hips, and backs; enables a more natural motion; and gives excellent arch support. They are made with a patented footbed for natural motion. Body impact is dispersed out to the sides for better recovery. Your feet move in a more natural motion than with regular sandals. These are made with recovery technology for runners, but are increasing in popularity as athletes discover the comfort and support.

Styles include the OOrginal and OOrginal Sport with the look of a flip-flop but much greater comfort and absorption.

OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide

OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide

The OOahh, OOahh Sport, and OOahh Sport Slide sandals have the wide strap over the top of the foot, without the toe post between the toes.

The OOcloog, OOcloog Luxe, and OOcloog Matte have the classic clog look, but with superior comfort and support.

The great thing about OOFOS footwear is their comfort. These are super light and weigh next to nothing. They are perfect to wear before a race to relax your feet. And even better to wear after a race or a long day hiking to allow your feet to recover with relief from the impact of traditional footwear.

If you are doing a multi-day run, hike, or adventure race, these would be my pick to pack along. Tie them to your backpack; throw them in your gearboxes, or have them in your finish line bags.

I have a pair of the OOFOS OOahh Sport sandals and love them. They have excellent arch support, and for some, this may take some getting used to. They come in normal sizes up to men’s 14 and women’s 16.

Ditch your old worn out flip-flops and or heavy sandals and check out OOFOS footwear. Your feet will thank you.

Some running stores are carrying OOFOS Sandals so check out your local store to try on a pair. If you can’t find them locally, you can order them online. Prices ranges from $45 to $60.

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