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Just wondering if it is a good idea to have different type of shoes for different running surfaces? I currently have Brooks for running but can't bring myself to use that for trail running.

submitted by April C. via Facebook

Hi April. Thanks for your question. Do you NEED different running shoes for different surfaces. Probably not. For the average recreational runner it is probably fine for you to wear the same shoes for road, treadmill, and most of the trails we have around here. But just like running clothes it becomes a question of comfort over need. I like to have trail shoes even for the gravel non-technical trails I run on because they do grip better and often come with some kind of stone guard. I don’t need that when running on the road or treadmill so I like to wear non-trail shoes for those runs. On the treadmill or the track I like to have the lightest shoes possible. If you are looking for a trail shoe start with the brand that you like to use as your regular running shoe and try out the trail model or similar style then go from there.
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Hey Susan, my heels hurt a couple of hours after a run. I wear Asics and Brooks but I can't say if I notice it when I wear either brand but thought I'd ask before going to the doctor.

submitted by Desiree via Facebook

Susan At Pip Running Hi Désirée Ball sorry it took me so long to get to this. Are you still having problems? Do they always hurt after your runs or just once or twice?
July 23

Désirée Ball It seems after a long run or long walk. I haven’t run in my Brooks yet but will try that. I am going to talk to my Dr. just in case.
July 23

Désirée Ball Update: It’s plantar fasciitis. I am putting my Road Runner insoles into my shoes to see if that helps. I am clocking a lot of steps just walking at work and will have to adjust.
July 24

Susan At Pip Running So how has this been going?

Désirée Ball I’ve stayed off it for two weeks and am wearing my Brooks (with custom inserts) and it’s not as bad. I will go on my second run tonight and see if the change of shoes will be enough.
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Has anyone ever had a black toe or what appears to be a blood blister under their toenail area? While running a half marathon I had no issues but while working on my feet later I noticed toe pain.

submitted by Lili S. via Facebook

Mimi Flores How old are your shoes?
June 14 at 6:38pm

Lili Ah-Siu Stansberry 4 months
June 14 at 7:04pm

Susan At Pip Running Your shoes may be too small. Your toes hitting the front of your shoes may be the cause.
June 14

Lynn Ramsey Might also be socks too tight/small. Or maybe you curl your toe(s) when you run, kind of how you curl your toes to hold flip flops on your feet. Or were you running down hills steeper than you are used to and your feet slid forward in your shoes and hit the front without you realizing it.
June 14

Lili Ah-Siu Stansberry OMG, I think that is what it was… A very steep hill. I now remember jamming down a very steep hill, Putting on the brakes as I waved through people while still trying to maintain my speed down the hill… Thanks!
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“How long do I need to let a blood filled blister heal before running on it?”

Hi Linda Ohh! As long as the blister is not infected & it does not hurt to bear weight on it then it is fine to run on. If the blister is small leave it alone & try covering it with moleskin or a blister band-aid. I often get small blood blisters under callouses (gross I know) but they just kind of go away on their own. If it’s a big blister you may want to pop it yourself with a needle cleaned with alcohol. You would push out the fluid then soak in epsom salt to draw out anymore fluid. Once the skin dries out you can cut away the dead skin (don’t pull it or use naiclippers. You want a clean edge) then you can use Liquid Bandage (use the name brand) & cover the area.
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