Take Care of Your Feet
Your feet take a beating with every step. Don't wait until foot pain inhibits your speed, strength, and style. Learn the basics and the finer points of foot care before pain becomes a problem. Foot expert and ultrarunner John Vonhof shares how the interplay of anatomy, biomechanics, and footwear can lead to happy--or hurting--feet. Fixing Your Feet covers all that you need to know to care for your feet, now and hundreds of miles down the road.
- Tried-and-true methods of foot care from numerous experts, plus tips and anecdotes about recovery and training
- Information about hundreds of foot-care products for nearly every foot ailment
- High-interest topics such as "Barefoot & Minimalist Footwear," "Blister Prevention," and "Providing Foot Care for Athletes"
- Covers both individual foot care and team care
"From heels to toes, products to pathology, resources to rehabilitation, this book has it all. An essential guide."
"After more than 25 years of treating feet and reading about treating feet, I've found nothing, absolutely nothing, as helpful as Fixing Your Feet.
--Buck Tilton, MS, cofounder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and author of many books on outdoor health and safety.
About the Author
John Vonhof brings a varied background and extensive experience to "Fixing Your Feet." This sixth edition is the synthesis of 34 years of experience as a runner, hiker, and medical professional, and a never-ending quest to learn more about foot care to help athletes in extreme events. His popular website, fixingyourfeet .com, is dedicated to providing articles, resources, links, and a blog about foot care, and it serves to inform and educate athletes about all that's new in foot care and to provide foot-care advice. Other medical professionals recognize John's expertise too. In 2009 he was the lead author of a chapter on foot injuries in the textbook Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (Cambridge University Press). Over the years John has provided volunteer medical aid at numerous sporting events around the world, patching feet, training medical staff and interested athletes, and providing advice to thousands of athletes. His expertise has taken him to Chile; Costa Rica; Brazil; British Columbia, Canada; and many states to help on medical teams. He continues to be sought out for his expertise and experience in providing answers to foot-care questions, especially for multiday events. A runner since 1982, John discovered trail running and ultras in 1984. He has completed more than 20 ultras: 50Ks, 50-milers, 100-milers, 24-hour runs, and a 72-hour run. He ran the difficult Western States 100-mile Endurance Run three times and the Santa Rosa 24-Hour and 12-Hour Track Runs 12 times. In 1987, with fellow runner Will Uher, John fast-packed the 211-mile John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada in 8.5 days, carrying a 30-pound pack. He still runs and rides his road bike. In 1992 John changed careers, becoming a paramedic, orthopedic technician, and emergency room technician. In 2013 he retired from a position as a prehospital care coordinator at an emergency medical services agency in the San Francisco Bay Area.