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Part 2: Runner Problems – Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask

In our previous blog post, Cigna chief medical officer for national accounts, Dr. Charles Smith and Cigna health coaches provided preventive health tips to help keep your body in top shape ahead of race day. Now that you've crossed your Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend finish line, you road warriors may have some well-earned wear and tear. To help you heal, our Cigna experts are back to share tips on how to take good care from toes to head after your runDisney race!

Runner putting on proper socks for running

Blisters: to pop or not to pop? This is a good question. Leave smaller blisters alone and let them heal on their own, especially when they're deep under the skin. A large, shallower blister that is up to a quarter size on the sole of the foot and is filled with fluid can be gently pierced with a sterilized pin needle to relieve pain or pressure in order to begin the healing process. While this allows some relief, make sure to sterilize the area thoroughly before and after, and apply antibacterial cream until it heals completely to avoid infection.

How do you care for calluses and corns? Caring for your feet is a great reason for a pedicure! For at-home care, after a bath or shower use a pumice stone to rub away dead skin, then apply moisturizing cream. A second skin adhesive over the callus or corn also provides relief and prevents further friction. If the problem persists, see your doctor.

How do you treat athlete's foot? Athlete's foot is a fungus that grows on the skin, which causes itching and burning. People get it by coming into direct contact either from the ground or another person. A good preventive measure if your feet are prone to sweating a lot inside your shoes, apply baby powder to wick moisture away and always allow shoes to dry fully before wearing them again. If you get athlete's foot, treat it with nonprescription antifungal creams, and keep your feet clean and dry. If the problem persists or you have diabetes, see your doctor.

At Cigna we believe one of the best ways to help you stay healthy is by getting your annual wellness check-up with your doctor and knowing your numbers: Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. As you train for your next runDisney event, whether it's Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend in Orlando or Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in 2017, stay connected with us for more health and wellness tips and motivation from Cigna experts. We're here to be your health partner along your road to wellness!

Cigna is the presenting sponsor of Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend and Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend.

This content is for educational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Speak to your doctor if you have health concerns and prior to starting a new diet or exercise program.