Running causes your joints to take on 4-5 times your bodyweight. This is especially true on concrete surfaces. If you want to continue your hobby of running into your later years, the best thing to do is change the terrain you run on. Running on grass or dirt roads (trail running) and treadmills are usually better options. It won’t eliminate the forces but will reduce the forces to your joints.
Another option to thinking about is "GAIT RETRAINING". The senior Podiatrists are able to create a program for you to help make your running style more efficient through simple techniques, which may reduce unwanted injuries and forces. This is usually a 6 week program but varies from person to person.
If you have problems with blisters, try Hiker's wool (essentially sheep's wool). We’ve had several patients do the 100km Oxfam trail walk and have stood by the use of Hiker's wool to prevent blisters. It is effective at reducing friction, doesn’t leave any sticky residue from adhesive substances and doesn’t take up space in the shoes. If you don’t live on a farm, then come and grab some wool from us!
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