Every Seattle runner has their favorite race. If you’re Irish or even if you aren’t the St. Patrick’s Day Dash may be one of those races. This iconic race started in 1985 as a race between bars and as a way to help an Irishman train for the Olympics. It’s become like an Irish Halloween as runners don costumes as outlandish as a Pot of Gold or a strange looking bug as seen in the photo by Ericka Schultz of the Seattle Times. Runners can try their luck at winning a trip to Ireland if they submit a photo on the official St. Pat’s Dash Facebook page.

As runners get ready to kiss the blarney stone before going off to run in the greenest race in Seattle, I thought I’d give a few tips about how to enjoy it without killing your feet.

Check Your Kicks

You probably love your well-worn running shoes, however, if you’ve run over 500 miles in them or they look more worn on one side than the other you need to replace them. Be sure to go to a local running store like Super Jock and Jill or Brooks to get an outstanding fit.

Don’t Leave Your Orthotics at Home

You spent good money to have orthotics made for you. If you don’t wear them they can’t help you. It always amazes me when someone comes in with pain, but then I find out they haven’t been wearing their orthotics. If you’re aren’t wearing them because they’re painful, then it’s important to see your podiatrist to get them adjusted.

Avoid Cotton Socks

You’ve seen the cutest St Patrick’s Day socks and you want to wear them at the St. Pat’s Dash. The only problem is they’re cotton. In order to keep your feet dry and prevent blistering you need to wear socks that wick away moisture from your feet. And cotton socks do not cut it. Instead check out running socks made by Thorlo, Darn Touch Vermont, Nike, Asics, Injiji, and SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks (Gray) Large. For more information check out Runner’s World “How to Choose the Right Running Socks”.

Trim Your Nails

It’s one of the hardest lessons to learn but the easiest to forget. If you don’t trim your nails before you go on a run, you could be in a world of hurt. Just make sure you trim them straight across to prevent them from becoming ingrown.

Don’t Run Through Pain

You’re supposed to have fun out there. It’s only a 5K race so you can slow down and walk if your feet start bugging you. If your pain persists for several days and it’s not just a blister, it’s time to make an appointment with a Seattle podiatrist. We been treating foot pain for over 30 years. Our goal is to get you back to doing what you love as soon as possible.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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