Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Athlete on Your List

If you’re still in search of a holiday gift for the athlete in your life, the staff at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists has some ideas for you. These gifts would be welcomed by runners, walkers, bikers, kickboxers, and Beachbody addicts alike.

Hopefully, you’ve got a lot of people on your list who exercise – or who intend to. Keep them going or get them started with these foot-loving gifts that athletes will love, all under $20 each.

Hi-tech socks – like pillows for your feet, these are seamless, moisture-wicking, and breathable, with built-in arch support and under-sole cushioning. Some will even have heel tabs that prevent sock from slipping down into your shoe.

Foot massagers – shaped like balls or rods, these massagers are specially designed to roll under your sore foot, to relieve soreness and relax tight muscles. Easy to toss into a purse or a gym bag and take with them when they’re on the go!

Shoe deodorizers – these use natural charcoal (not harsh chemicals) to freshen smelly athletic shoes, boxing gloves, and hockey gloves in between workouts. They actually remove odor, not just mask it with some other fragrance.

No-tie shoelaces – replace your regular shoelaces with these stretchy, elastic ones. Once you set them, you don’t have to tie your shoes anymore. Just slip on your shoes and voilà – they’re already tied perfectly. Runners say that because they stretch, they’re more comfortable for your feet than regular laces. Finally, if you’re loved one is a triathlete, you’ve probably heard them talk about reducing their transition time – the time it takes to transition from bike shoes to running shoes. No-tie shoelaces are a must for quick transitions.

Armbands and waistbands come in many shapes and sizes, designed to hold smartphones, iPods, keys, and other essentials needed for hands-free running or walking.

Carbohydrates! – serious athletes are always looking for easy ways to ingest carbs on the run. Your local sports shop should have a good selection of hi-carb power bars, gel snacks, and tasty wafers that your athlete can tuck into a waistband or gym bag.

Podiatrists Heidi M. Christie, DPM and Chanda L. Day-Houts, DPM want to remind you that exercise is essential for keeping weight under control and avoiding diabetes – two things that help keep your feet happy and healthy! Visit us at our office in Montgomery whenever you have foot pain. Make an appointment online or call us at (334) 396-3668.