Preventing issues with your feet while hiking

By Doug Williams
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Preventing issues with your feet while hiking

Doug Williams
 
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Your feet can truly take a whipping out there on a trail. From sprained ankles to blisters, hiking can present a whole horde of foot related problems. Here are a number tips that could make your hike more gratifying.

Train Your Feet for the Hike:
Do not underrate the value of training your feet for hiking with a dense pack, particularly if you are new to hiking. Ahead of setting out, start picking smaller hikes, bit by bit adding to the weight in your pack up until it is completely loaded.

The Right Fit:
Your hiking shoes or boots are possibly one of the most important parts of keeping your feet feeling good. Hiking socks are oftentimes thicker than regular socks; so while trying on new boots at the shop, make certain that the sock are the same ones that you will be sporting out on the trail. A good fit is necessary, and should never be overlooked.

Break In Your Boots:
Do not take the trail with new boots. Wear them about the office, the shop, and about the house for a couple of days to make certain they have time to soften up and stretch.

Hiking Socks:
Put away the Cotton! Moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks could aid your feet in staying cool and dry throughout on the trail. Wearing the incorrect socks could make things miserable and could quicken your chances of acquiring painful blisters.

Manage those Blisters:
The second you feel a blister developing, STOP! Now is the time to repair the trouble.

Keep Them Clean:
Many hikers disregard their feet. Take the time to wash your feet throughout the day, air out and massage them. Also, make sure to trim your toe nails.

Rest:
Take it easy! If your feet start feeling tired or start to hurt, find a cool place to sit down and rest. When you stop for the night, a pair of sandals can aid keeping your feet aired out and cool.

 

 
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