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Fixing Your Feet: Prevention & Treatments for Athletes 2nd Rev Edition
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More About the Author
Yes - feet! He laughs when talking about the success of his popular Fixing Your Feet (5th edition 2011) that has presented opportunities to do presentations and travel, and work at races worldwide. In addition to writing his Fixing Your Feet blog, John has done presentations at running and sports stores, written articles about feet, and patched feet at many races. He has trained medical and non medical personnel in foot care techniques, skills and equipment; led pre-event foot care clinics; and provided articles related to foot care for participants. Events worked include the Amazon Jungle Marathon in Brazil, Primal Quest Adventure Races, the Costa Rica Coastal Challenge, Racing the Planet Chile, BC Canada's Raid the North Extreme, the Gold Rush Adventure Races, the TransRockies in Colorado, Death Valley's Badwater, Western States Endurance Run, the Susan G. Koman 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, the two-day Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and more.
Active in his church, John has experience on Pastoral Search Teams, which led his to write about the pastoral search process (The Pastoral Search Journey, 2nd edition 2012). He has other works in progress related to church life. Through teaching at writers' conferences, John has authored several self-published books about book marketing and niche writing. Writing and it's related endeavors are a huge part of his life.
John and his wife, and their happy cocker live in California's Central Valley. John is the owner of Footwork Publications and is always looking for new ideas to develop to help others.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are doing a lot of physical activity on your feet for significant periods of time (I am UPS driver) this is a must read for understanding how to care for your feet and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph
If you experience problems, such as blisters, with your feet while hiking, running, or just walking; then this book is a must. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Vicki Mitchell
John Vonhof has put together a valuable reference book, based on a lot of experience with the ultrarunning community - mainly American but with many members throughout Europe and... Read morePublished on April 23, 2003 by Rod Dalitz
As an adventure racer, my feet are always being trashed around and blister treatment is a common way of life. Read morePublished on May 7, 2001 by Louis Simon Capistran