AUSTIN (KXAN) - If you're a runner or know someone who is, you know how frustrating foot problems can be. Dr. Ana Urukalo, a podiatrist with the Austin Diagnostic Clinic gave KXAN viewers some tips and household remedies.
A very common issue runners deal with: blisters. "Especially if you are running up and down the hill, there's going to be a lot of friction in the shoes. Good thing to do is to have socks that absorb the heat to reduce the friction", Dr. Urkalo said.
According to Dr. Urkalo it is best to avoid cotton socks and stick with thinner socks that absorb sweat.
And if you do end up with a few small blisters, you can take care of it at home. Urkalo: "If they're small you can just prick it with a a clean safety pin. Soak it in Epsom salt and lukewarm water soaks." However if the blisters get bigger it is important to watch for signs of infection such as redness, swelling and drainage.
Another common issue: calluses. Dr. Urkalo said that this is usually a sign of increased pressure in the shoe. As long as it's small, you can battle the calluses with a callus stone in the shower. It's best however not to try to cut or remove it yourself. If the callus persists and becomes very painful, you should see your doctor.
A surprising household remedy for another common foot problem: straight white vinegar soaks to treat nail problems like fungus. Tea Tree oil or Vicks Vaporub might also work, said Dr. Urkalo.
The best way to prevent runner injuries or foot problems is to wear good shoes and always make sure you stretch before your run.
For the more serious runner feet problems such as ankle sprains or shin splints, it's best to see your doctor.
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