It’s marathon season! If you’ve signed up for the Melbourne Marathon in October, no matter what distance you’ll be running, we’ve got you covered. Here’s CSSM podiatrist Andrew Tsakmakis’ top tips to help your feet go the distance!

Getting the right shoes for race day

A new pair of running shoes takes a few weeks to break into, so whatever shoe you decide is best, ensure you have taken them for a few runs in the lead up. It also might be worth considering having a second pair to rotate with in the lead up to October and use your fresher pair for the event.

NEVER wear new running shoes before race day. Make sure you have worn them for a couple of weeks and have gotten used to them, otherwise you risk getting blisters, foot and leg pain. Think like Goldilocks – not new, not old, tired shoes, but just right!


Experiment to find the right socks

Socks play a crucial role in the comfort of your feet during a running event. Moisture wicking socks are recommended to help remove sweat away from the skin, therefore reducing the risk of developing a blister. Don’t wear cotton socks as they keep the moisture next to the skin. Seamless socks, toe socks or wearing two pairs of thin socks can prevent areas of rubbing and friction.

There are plenty of anti-friction creams at any local chemist to help reduce friction and prevent blisters which will not be pleasant trying to run a marathon.


Get familiar with the Lock Lacing Technique

Believe it or not, different lacing techniques can help to prevent back-of-heel blisters and toenail blisters. Check out the Lace Lock (Heel Lock) Lacing Technique.




This is one of the most important tips preparing your feet before race day. Making sure you are getting that required rest, including staying hydrated, having the right nutrients in your diet and most importantly, adequate sleep.


In the lead up to this year’s marathon, keep an eye out for some more tips on our socials to help you run your best on the day or book in with a CSSM Podiatrist to ensure your feet are marathon ready!


About the author

CSSM Podiatrist Andrew Tsakmakis has a keen interest in sports and biomechanical assessments and the specialised biomechanics gait analysis. Andrew uses a range of techniques and the most up to date technology to treat his patients.

In the clinic, Andrew often sees years of overuse, tight-fitting shoes and even genetics leading to injuries and disorders that can significantly impact day-to-day life.

“Our feet are the foundation of our entire body, so keeping them healthy and functional is vital to our overall health,” he says.