Fixing Your Feet 6th Edition Available

After 14 months of revising and updating, editing and then editing again, and issues with the cover, the 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet is available.

While it has been available for pre-order in Amazon, they now have the print version in stock and ready to ship. Amazon currently has the 6th edition priced at $13.64, well below the retail price of $19.95 – a great buy. Here’s a link if you want to order a copy.

The Kindle ebook version will be released in about two weeks.

As I meet runners and crews at races, I find many have an older edition. I encourage you to bite the bullet and get the 6th edition. It’s well worth it.

Every new edition has all products and URLs verified. In addition, the text has been tightened up to eliminate redundancy of topics, and remove out-dated information. Many topics have expanded and new information. Every chapter has been reviewed and some degree of change made.

The chapter on Extreme Conditions and Multiday Events includes new information on the growing problem with maceration, as well as new information on trench foot, chilblains, and frostbite, all possible in the adventures we participate in.

A new chapter is Blister Prevention – The New Paradigm. The chapter revises the thinking that moisture, friction, and heat are the causes of blisters. After much study by experts in the field, I introduce the concept of shear as the underlying cause of blister formation. Several charts show the relationship of moisture, friction, and heat to shear, and how new things like bone movement, skin resilience, and pressure; along with the usual things like fit, socks, insoles, lubricants, and more, influence blister formation. The chapter also stresses the value of ENGO Blister Prevention Patches.

Fixing Your Feet, 6th Edition

Fixing Your Feet, 6th Edition

I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the new cover. The first cover mock-up had an image of an athlete trying to patch her feet, but it did not capture my view of doing foot care and blister patching well. I arranged a photo shoot with a local photographer and Tonya Olson, a physical therapist and well-trained foot-patching expert as our model. Thanks Tonya. I’ll let you be the judge, but I like the cover and the design.

If you have an older edition, you will benefit from the new edition. Even if you have the 5th edition, you’ll find value in the new 6th edition. Order the 6th edition through Amazon.

Once you have the new edition, I’d be appreciative of a review in Amazon when you have time. Reviews are important and help other buyers make informed decisions.

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Feet at Badwater – and Two Tips to Heal Your Feet

July 18, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Health 

As you may recall, several weeks ago I helped at Western States and patched a bunch of feet. Afterwards I listed 10 items that I had observed and wanted to share with my readers. The first was Trail Shoes – The  Good and the Bad. The second was Socks – Good, Bad and Ugly.

Then earlier this week, I was in Death Valley for the Badwater Ultramarathon – a grueling 135-mile run through extreme heat and fatigue. Because feet are what I do and what I see I came home with more observations – 10 in fact. So over the next couple of months, I will share what I saw and how it affects you as an athlete.

First though, I want to take a moment and acknowledge Denise Jones, the Blister Queen of Badwater. Denise is a close friend and I value her expertise in taping feet and patching blisters. She pretaped several runners at Badwater and is dedicated to the runners. When we talk, it’s always about feet and we bounce ideas off each other. Denise is a true class act. One of the fun aspects of Badwater is working with Denise. Thanks Denise. [Death Valley Ultras: The Complete Crewing Guide by Denise Jones and Theresa Daus-Weber is available at Lulu.com].

So, let’s start with a biggie, aftercare. This means the care that your feet need after an event like Western States, Badwater, or any extreme event. I have seen runners at both events that have not planned to manage their feet after the race. Healing the trauma starts at the finish line.

This is a two-part tip. First, whether you are traveling to an event or it’s close to home, I want you to add an item to your foot care bag. Epson Salts. They can be found in drug stores and pharmacies for about $3.00 for 48 ounces.

Epson Salts

Epson Salts

Epson Salts are great for soaking your feet to dry blisters and relieve the pain of bruises and sprains. Simply add a cup of the salts to a basin of warm/hot water and soak your tired feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this at least twice a day. As the skin of lanced blisters dries, trim it off.

The soaking will also speed up the process of re-absorption of fluids in intact blisters and help to reduce any swelling in your feet and toes. This means your feet will feel better and pain will be reduced.

If you have another race or event within a week or two, the use of Epson salts will speed up your healing process. Every time I patch someone’s feet after an event, I tell them about Epson salts.

Secondly, make sure you have a pair of sandals, flip-flops, or Crocs to wear home. It’s no fun having to wear the stinky dirty shoes you ran in. Plus you can’t air your feet in shoes. You don’t need socks and shoes after a race. Find a comfortable pair of lightweight sandals or Crocs, or even flip-flops and pack them in your bag. We cut the toes out of a good pair of shoes for one runner at Badwater because he forgot this simple tip.

That’s my two simple tips for today. Add Epson salts and sandals to your foot care bag for after the race.

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