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Fixing Your Feet: Prevention & Treatments for Athletes Paperback – March 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0965738606 ISBN-10: 0965738604 Edition: 2nd Rev

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Footwork Pubns; 2nd Rev edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965738604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965738606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,131,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From heels to toes, products to pathology, resources to rehabilitation, this book has it all. An essential guide... -- Runner's World, July, 2000

About the Author

John Vonhof hikes, runs ultramarathons, is race director of a 50K trail ultra, does volunteer medical aid at sporting events, is certified as a paramedic and orthopedic technician, and works as an emergency room technician.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Don D Mann on October 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fixing Your Feet is a must for any long or ultra-distance runner, hiker, triathlete or adventure racer. Your chances of successful training and racing will be greatly improved after having read Fixing your Feet.
John Vonhof's experience, research and work on preventive maintenance and treatment for foot problems has been a real gift for athletes and others who are on their feet for long periods of time in adverse conditions. In ultra distance running and adventure racing, it is often the feet that are the first to break down. John's work has provided us with a complete manual on proper foot care. This book has made it possible for so many long and ultra-distance athletes to be able to put in the high mileage needed to be able to complete long races without being disabled due to foot problems. So many an athlete can give credit to their training and racing successes to John for his work.
John discusses in detail, the steps needed to prevent foot problems and describes in laymen's terms how to treat foot problems that do occur. His explanation on the biomechanics of the foot is very easy to understand and clearly shows how your feet are prone to certain problems. He talks of hot spots, blisters, plantar fascitis, tendonitis and other common foot problems associated with shoe, boot and sock selection and proper fitting.
With ultra-endurance sports becoming so popular, John's work filled a huge void. I highly recommend this book to any athlete who spends much time on their feet.
Don Mann
Race Director for
The BEAST of the EAST
The Mega Dose
The Odyssey Double and Triple Iron
The Expedition British Virgin Island Adventure Race
and "Race to the Pole" (9000-mile race, Ecuador to the North Pole)
Don is a retired Navy SEAL and has competed in well over 1000 endurance competitions over the past 25 years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RJ Sielen on March 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm not an athlete, just a "40-something" struggling to keep fit. I'm hoping to be able to continue doing my daily moderate 3 mile dirt road up-and-down loop walk for many years to come. This year it hit me: I have to take care of my feet --proactively -- or I may not be able to continue walking well into my senior years. With this book, I'm confident I can deal with some emerging problems (calluses, bunions, ets.) and prevent others. The detailed information on boots and socks (e.g., types and changing) was especially helpful. And, the recommendations and tips throughout and from an impressive number of serious athletes are a definite plus and make for all the more interesting and worthwhile reading. Obviously, this book is great for athletes, but also dabblers like me, as well as, I would imagine, anyone who spends a lot of time on-the-job on his/her feet. Many would appreciate this book as a gift.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laree on June 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's true the writer specializes in foot problems and prevention of same for the running and racing athletes, but other athletes have these problems, too. It's not just about the blister care or foot taping that go into a successful long-distance race, but the day-to-day foot care needed for other sports -- or daily living for that matter. Do you stand at work all day? Feet hurt by 2pm? You're a canditate for "Fixing Your Feet."
Not only shoe fit and sock material, but insoles and orthotics and foot biomechanics are covered -- knowledge needed for various sports, including that of my chosen endeavor, weight training.
Thumbs up on this book if your feet hurt!
Laree Draper
IronOnline.com
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Walz on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Duct tape. Bag balm. Pliers. Most people who crew for me are a little alarmed when they notice these in my little black bag of foot care - but all are necessary and, although not all are specifically endorsed by John Vonhof, they are symptomatic of his core belief: different things work for different people.
Like many ultrarunners, I believed that blisters were just something that happened as a natural consequence of thirty or forty mile training runs - but I picked this book up in the hope of learning some good preventive measures. And I found a lot to experiment with, and eventually found a combination of items that (currently) work for me.
The book itself is well written, if a bit clinical. It does seem to be aimed at serious endurance athletes, so it might not be that useful to most sprint triathletes and marathon runners. However, if terms like Devil's Thumb, Badwater, and Chinscraper are immediately recognizable, buy this book. I've completed a half-dozen fifty-mile plus ultras since following the advice in this book with only minor blisters - and I have this book to thank for it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pat Wellington on May 6, 2001
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Most comprehensive, highly readable (even enjoyable) book on foot care I have seen. If you have any foot problem, I guarantee you'll find information regarding treatment and/or prevention for your problem in this book, as well as first-hand experience/advice from accomplished ultrarunners and adventure athletes.
John has written "Fixing Your Feet" not only from research and education as a certified paramedic and orthopedic technician, but also from personal experience as a Race Director and participating in and providing volunteer medical aid at extreme ultrarunning and adventure events for many years.
"Fixing Your Feet" is also unique because it includes extensive resource information on Product Sources, Medical and Footwear Specialists, Shoe Review and Gear Review Sources, as well as Internet Feet-Related Web Sites.
A "must have" resource book for every athlete's library!
Thanks John!
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