We kicked off our first Paddy Palling Preparation Session with a podiatry focus. Here’s a quick recap of what we covered on the night:
Podiatrist John Osborne from Bounce Health, led an informative session about how to prepare your feet for taking on Oxfam Trailwalker. He says planning and practice are key!
Your feet are going to be taking 125,000 steps over the 100km – so here are some top tips from John for getting your feet across the finish line:
3 questions to ask yourself when choosing your shoes:
It comes down to personal preference. Trial double socks and toe socks in training to decide. Your feet will swell if you double sock so this might also effect your shoe choice.
Scalpel blades, Gloves, Gel toe protector, Iodine swaps, Tape, Podiatry felt, Compeed dressing, White tape fixomol, K Tape.
Change your socks regularly.
Put in some solid training time over the next few months so you know how to respond to potential injuries. If you do sustain an injury see a podiatrist early, don’t wait until a few days before the event.
Common injuries are heel pain, shin pain, fore foot pain. All of these can be addressed if you see a podiatrist early. If you sustain an injury during training, vary your training e.g. pace, ride a bike, change the terrain you’re walking on.
Blisters are the number one reason people withdraw from the trail when taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker.
If you feel a blister, address it early. You can use engo patches/Compeed patch and K tape. You want to have smooth taping. It’s very important that you refrain from using patches to prevent blisters, and only use when you get a blister or when you can feel a blister starting to form.
Prevention is better than cure and we want as many of you to cross the finish line as possible, so our advice is to take care of your feet For more information, visit www.blisterprevention.com.au
For more information read the presentation slides from the night.