Plenty of time until the Oxfam Trailwalker event in Melbourne 2017 and I thought it was worth while putting together a collection of videos to help you with your preparation this year.
Hopefully you have been building up your training slowly over the past few months.
Testing out different types of socks and wearing in a couple of pairs of decent shoes along the way. If you haven’t done all of this, lucky for you there is still some time left!
Blister Prevention is the aim of the game, with the Oxfam Trailwalker.
If you can avoid blisters during this years Oxfam walk, you are FAR MORE likely to complete the event.
Hundreds of competitors each year are forced to withdraw with shocking blisters and other preventable foot concerns.
After watching the two videos below, you should have a much better understanding of the taping methods that will help prevent you from blistering during the Oxfam Trailwalker.
If you are experiecing blistering during your training and would like to see a Podiatrist, please call 03 9939 3339, thanks Leah!
Video 1: Anna Beetham’s Preventative Taping Workshop
Anna is the Podiatry co-ordinator for Oxfam Trailwalker and in this video she takes you through 4 taping techniques that you can use.
Anna highlights the importants of having Fixomull Stretch 5cm wide tap which is incredibly durable, hypoallergenic and essential in preventing blisters during the Oxfam Walk.
One thing that she stresses is that it’s important to round the edges when cutting your taping pieces.
The 4 taping techniques Anna describes in this video are for Heels, Base of Big Toe Area, the actual Big Toe and the smaller Toes.
Heels – you need 4 pieces of tape, exactly the same length. Cut the edges of the tape so they are ’rounded’.
Another good idea is too have this done before the event, pre-cut and labelled so you don’t have to spend time cutting tape while you are out on the course.
Make sure you cut a split in 2 pieces of the tape.
This will help wrapping around the base of the heel without creasing.
Creased tape can cause further blistering.
Watch the video to see how the 4 pieces of tape are positioned (4:30) on the foot.
Base of the Big Toe Area – you will need 2 pieces of tape.
Long ways is best.
Cut a split in one piece of tape, where the tape will ‘go around a corner’ on the foot.
Again see the video to determine the positioning required.
Big Toe (actual toe part!) – this requires 2 pieces of tape.
With a split cut into both.
Again, make sure you don’t have any creases in your tape!
The 4 other Smaller Toes – you’ll use up a bit of tape for this part.
Each toe requires two pieces.
One should be 2 squares wide, the other should be 3 squares wide (see the grid on the back of the tape).
The first, smaller piece, goes length ways over the top.
The second, larger piece, goes around the toe.
Please watch the full video above for all the details….
Video 2: Oxfam Trailwalker Shoe Lacing Techniques
In this video, head Podiatrist Anna Beetham is going through some more helpful preventative techniques for getting through the Oxfam Trailwalker event.
This video describes how to lace your shoes correctly to keep your feet firmly in your shoes during the walk.
The technique described is a looped lacing or ‘lace lock’ technique.
You might have seen this at Active Feet or Athletes Foot in the past.
Basically you create a loop on the last shoe lace holes.
This reduces heel slippage and the potential for blistering during the Oxfam Trailwalker.
Anna also goes through another technique for people who struggle with pain in the forefoot.
Check the video above for a full explanation…
If you have any further questions about feet taping for the Oxfam Trailwalker please call me on 03 9939 3339 to discuss further..