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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Fourth Edition edition (July 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974170
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An avid runner and fastpacker for more than 27 years, John Vonhof treats athletes' feet during ultramarathons and adventure races. He combines the technical training of his work as a paramedic, orthopedic technician , and emergency-room technician with his passion to help athletes with their foot problems. John has traveled world-wide to train athletes, their crews, and medical personnel about proper foot-care techniques.

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Specific preventive and treatment information is included.
Doktrmom
This book does a good job of how to care for your feet and prevent/treat these ailments in racers/runners.
Stu
The more one reads of actual situations, the more one learns.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timecheck on November 2, 2006
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stu on January 18, 2010
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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....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Fagin on February 14, 2007
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anet on September 22, 2009
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This is good info for anyone who has foot problems, athlete or not. List many resources for foot care/repair products as well as what to do when a problem occurs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2009
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Actually, I checked this out from the local library. . . liked it so much that I wanted my own copy for reference. Love it, very helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Dweller on February 25, 2009
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I found this to be a very comprehensive and thorough book on foot care and injury prevention. I have been through the Marine Corps, a marathon and Special Ops selection and training and have really thrashed my feet into bloody stumps. If only I had read this long ago I would have saved my self lots of pain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cate on December 14, 2008
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Loving on August 6, 2007
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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!
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