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Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes Paperback – Jul 12 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 4th edition (July 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974170
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #740,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of you who put excessive demands on your feet, this books includes 100s of great tips to keep your feet healthy during your running, hiking, adventure racing events. The product listing were very helpful. I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Don't Step out the Door before Reading Vonhof's Book! Nov. 2 2006
By Timecheck - Published on
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I like the fact the Vonhof provides us with not only his expertise--from his years of running and fastpacking, and his 25 years of treating other people's feet--but also with advice from other athletes with varied backgrounds. The reality is that people have different kinds of feet (low volume, high arches, pronating, etc.), that each individual's feet change over time, footwear differs, and that trail and weather conditions vary. That means that preventing and treating foot problems is a complex issue. Vonhof wisely gives us information about the factors that affect our foot health and also tons of alternative ways to keep our feet happy.

I have been a backpacker and long-distance hiker for many years. I used to simply treat blisters after the fact. Now I employ some of the methods Vonhof's suggests--such as taping and gel-filled bandages--and prevent most blisters. I consider my copy of his Fixing Your Feet to be a valuable resource. Don't step out the door before reading Vonhof's book!

Susan Alcorn, author of Camino Chronicle Walking to Santiago and We're in the Mountains Not over the Hill: Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Stu - Published on
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This book does a good job of how to care for your feet and prevent/treat these ailments in racers/runners. This book is mostly geared toward adventure racers and ultramarathoners. I do run marathons and I find some of the problems discussed in this book are not relevant. But, still has some great recommendations for products that prevent blisters, socks, keeping your feet dry, and etc....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If Only I Had Known Feb. 14 2007
By I. Fagin - Published on
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Have you ever hiked or ran and ruined your feet? Have you ever felt discouraged about your feet, didn't know what to do about it or, most importantly, what to do the Next Time?

Then Fixing Your Feet will be the answer to your prayers. No one else addresses the myriad problems that can arise when your feet are stressed to the max. John Vonhof leaves no stone unturned, pun intended, in this most thorough book about foot problems such as blisters, corns, structural problems. He deals with prevention as well as treatment. It's not just His viewpoint. He has interviewed countless athletes, hikers and endurance runners and quotes from their experiences and solutions.

He offers concrete advice with specific product recommendations and yet perhaps the best advice of all, stated over and over again, is not to take your feet for granted. They are the most important part of any trek or race you plan.

Even if you have never had any foot problems, if you are planning a hike or race, read this book and be prepared. You'll still be walking or running while others have to drop out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3Day walker Aug. 6 2007
By B. Loving - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm training for the Breast Cancer 3Day walk -- 60 miles in three days -- and stumbled across this book during an internet search for blister prevention and cures. I got a copy right away. I have never before participated in any endurance sports and needed as much good advice as I could find and believe me, this book delivered. Certainly, there are parts of it that don't apply to my current activities, however the quality of the information, the helpful references to products and where to access them, and clear instructions in foot care have saved me countless blisters so far. I love the focus on prevention. The section on duct tape was particularly intriguing and helpful for me. I'm telling all my fellow distance walkers about this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book Dec 14 2008
By Cate - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a walker and don't have nearly the foot problems that people doing longer distances, carrying backpacks, or running sometimes do, but this book has been so helpful to me. For the first time in my life, I actually know how to buy shoes that fit (beyond them feeling comfortable at the store). I have good current information on how to prevent and treat blisters and calluses, and have learned new ways to lace shoes that help them fit and feel better. I also understand now why my feet have gotten bigger as I walk more. I wish I had found this book years ago. Oh well, better now than later!