A few days ago I published the November issue of my Fixing Your Feet E-zine. I wanted to share the best of the best Christmas gift list for your feet. If you saw the list there, I apologize for the duplication, but I wanted to make sure both the e-zine and the blog subscribers saw it.
You’ll see most of these are available at <strong>ZombieRunner.com</strong>. They have easily become the place to shop for all your foot care supplies, along with a huge assortment of other supplies – top to bottom – shoes to caps. Put a few of these on your list and then order some for your friends.
Drymax Socks – These socks are the best I have ever seen. Their Dual Layer Sweat Removal System has two different fibers interwoven together – a moisture hating Drymax fibers on the inside and moisture attracting fibers on the outside. The socks are made in a large variety of styles and heights. From trail, to road, from running to hiking and every other sport, these are the socks that work to protect your feet from moisture. Drymax socks are available through Zombierunner.com.
Hydropel Sports Ointment – This lubricant is one of the best because it protects the skin from moisture. In a test by BackpackingLight.com, Hydropel was the best at repelling moisture away from the skin. Provided protection from chaffing too. Hydropel is available through Zombierunner.com.
Kinesio Tex Tape – This is my favorite tape. Kinesio Tex tape is a very thin, porous cotton fabric with a medical grade acrylic adhesive. A special method of adhesive application and the porous nature of the fabric allows the skin to breathe. It's designed for a 30 to 40% longitudinal only stretch and when applied lifts the skin to provide support for surrounding soft tissue. It is designed to be worn for 3 to 4 days and with proper application will withstand water and moisture on the skin. Great for toes, ball of the feet, and heels. Comes in one-, two-, and three-inch widths. Kinesio Tex tape is available through Zombierunner.com.
Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads and Quikstick Adhesive Dressings – The Blister Pads are a hydrocolloid pad bordered by a thin film helps keep blisters from drying out, absorbs perspiration and helps promote a scab-free, naturally healed blister. QuikStik Adhesive Dressings combine a soft, moist hydrogel pad with an ultrathin adhesive film. These pads are ideal for blister repair during or after a run and help blisters heal fast. Both pads are available through Zombierunner.com.
Engo Blister Prevention Patches – Engo has made these patches to be applied to your footwear, not your feet. The blue patch can be applied to your insoles or shoes to provide exceptional friction protection. Put on a dry surface, they stick like crazy. Comes in a large rectangle and two oval sizes. The patches can be trimmed to fit anywhere. Engo Blister Prevention patches are available through Zombierunner.com.
Injinji Toe Socks – These tetratsoks are becoming the choice of many amateur and professionals athletes. These toe socks are constructed with an inner lining made of CoolMax® and a resistant outer shell of Lycra. Their Anatomical Interface System is engineered to separate your toes with a thin, anti-friction membrane that is both lightweight and breathable. Seamless in construction, the tetratsok forms to every contour of your foot. This allows for true restriction free movement from your heel to five toes, encourages healthy circulation, and eliminates skin on skin contact between your toes to prevent blisters from developing. Injinji socks are available through Zombierunner.com.
Moeben Sleeves – These UV protected arm sleeves are made for athletes. They are a fairly snug band of fabric that you wear like sleeves, without the shirt – wrist to arm pit. They keep the arms warm, protect them from branches and bugs, and offer sunburn protection. Shannon Farar-Griefer, an ultrarunner with Badwater experience, makes Moben sleeves. After a scare with a skin lesion on her arm, she created the sleeves. They are available in a myriad of colors and patterns, and three fabrics: nylon/spandex or poly/spandex, light fleece, and an organic fabric. Shannon sells the sleeves through Zombierunner.com.
Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes – The 4th edition can be ordered through my FixingYourFeet.com web site, ZombieRunner.com, or Amazon.com. If you have any of the older editions, it’s time to get this one. It has three new chapters, lots of new sections, and is completely updated. At 350+ pages, it’s chocked full of resources.
Road ID – Having your personal information on your person when out and about is important. We never know when an accident might happen. RoadID has been around for years. They now offer the popular Fix ID, and other models: Wrist ID, Ankle ID, and Shoe Pouch ID. Available at Road Id.