Ahhhh….the days are finally longer and the temperatures are slowly rising. It’s time to inhale another breath of that fresh spring air and enjoy a run outdoors. Let’s make the time for ourselves to become energized and escape from the day’s white noise. Some of us even refer to running as going to our ‘happy place.’
Our feet play a critically important role in running. Not only do they absorb the impact upon landing, they also help generate the force required to propel us forward when we run. Our feet have the absolute power to make our running experience comfortable–or miserable. They can ache, blister, sweat, crack, peel, itch and smell.
So why is it that the minority of runners give their feet proper care? We may take our time to stretch, focus on our diet, but most of us give little if any attention to our feet. According to a recent Runner’s World reader survey, one in five respondents has had a foot injury within the past twelve months. In fact, after the knee, the foot is most frequently injured body part.
I suppose it all makes sense due to the fact that we use 200 muscles to take one step, and the feet consist of 33 joints, 112 ligaments, and a network of nerves, tendons and blood vessels working together when we run! According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the balance, support, and propulsion of a runner’s body all depend on the foot.
Proper foot hygiene can also prevent injuries. Did you know that our feet can produce up to a pint of sweat each day? Therefore, keeping them dry is important, especially to the runner suffering from blisters. Blisters can be limited by moisture control. Make sure to wear socks that wick moisture. This strategy can also help prevent athlete’s foot.
THOR●LO Inc., based in Statesville, North Carolina, is the inventor of padded socks for specific activities and a leader in the preventive foot health business. Through its Thorlos ® brand of padded foot protection (socks), THOR●LO’s purpose and passion is to encourage everyone to embrace life and experience it to its fullest. We know that feet are critical for life, millions of people’s feet are hurting and that no two feet are the same; therefore, we take the time necessary to listen and understand individuals’ situations.
Thorlos offers a variety of products that designed for feet that hurt as well as those that do not hurt. It is the only brand that offers clinically tested padded foot protection that reduces pressures, reduces friction, reduces moisture and reduces pain.
“I was having a terrible time going jogging, because I was getting awful blisters on the backs of my heels,” comments customer Krysta H. “It got to the point where it was so bad that I just couldn’t run because the skin was raw, so I ordered these. Thorlos are wonderful – they’re so comfortable, and provide so much protection for my heels. My feet are pain-free now.”
Whether we enjoy short intense runs, long distances on all terrains or off road running, we realize that most terrains in moderate weather conditions yield low to moderate stress on our feet. Some runners, however, have feet that hurt. Thorlos offers styles that are specifically engineered to deliver protection and comfort in the critical strike zones for any trail runner prone to blisters, foot pain or discomfort. Constructed with THOR•LON® fibers, these products provide superior softness, resilience, durability, and moisture-wicking for drier, better feeling feet. The cushioning over the toes helps in protecting against runner’s toe. The low profile toe seam will not rub or irritate the feet. The flat knit instep and cushioning in the arch offer better fit, more support and less pressure on our feet, which does make for a more comfortable, enjoyable running experience.
“I’m impressed with the quality and fit of Thorlos,” agrees customer Ross J. “I’ve worn them on several long runs (8-12 miles) with success. They keep my feet drier than do regular athletic socks, even after arduous trail runs.”
“I have been wearing your socks exclusively for 25 years, and I think I can speak to that with confidence. I have been a runner since I was 18…I’m now 58,“ affirms customer Jill H. “I can’t ever remember running a single step that I didn’t have your socks on. I really need thick padding that does not pick when I run. I have some socks that are easily 20 years old that I still wear to the gym, but I regularly pick up several new pairs to have on hand for my runs. My girls are constantly stealing them from me because they work on their feet and they like the cushioning as well. Consequently, I have to keep replacing them. Thank you for a superior product that lasts and lasts. I run in the roll top running style.”
Some of us are lucky enough that our feet do not hurt. Thorlos lite padded products are designed for those feet. Thorlos understands that there are high performance runners, cyclists, hikers and fitness walkers who need less foot protection and prefer a sock with minimum weight. However, Thorlos light padded products are not designed for us that are active and also have distracting foot issues or are in activities that place great stress on our feet.
“I have been buying Thorlos for a long time (hiking and walking) and am now using them for running and jogging,” adds customer Barbara B. “They are durable, comfortable and last a long time! They are definitely worth the price!”
Have you yet experienced the comfort benefits of Thȯrlos®? Visit www.thorlo.com/free-sock-offer/springrunning2015 and sign up to receive a free pair.* EXPERIENCE BETTER FEET—BETTER LIFE®
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