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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Preventing problems with your feet while hiking

Your feet can really take a beating out there on the trail. From blisters to sprained ankles hiking can present a whole host of foot related problems. Here are a couple tips that can make your hike more enjoyable.

Train Your Feet for the Hike:
Don’t underestimate the importance of conditioning your feet for hiking with a heavy pack. Before setting out, start taking short hikes gradually increasing the weight in your pack until it is fully loaded.

The Right fit:
Your boots or hiking shoes are probably the most important part of keeping your feet feeling good. When trying on boots for the first time, make sure that you are wearing the same socks that you will be wearing out on the trail. A good fit is essential and should never be overlooked.

Break In Your Boots:
Don’t hit the trail with brand new boots. Wear them aroung the office, the store and around the house for a few days to make sure that they have time to stretch and soften up.

Hiking Socks:
Put Down the Cotton! Moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks can help your feet stay cool and dry on the trail. Wearing the wrong socks can make things misearable and can increase your chances for getting blistters.

Manage those Blisters:
The moment you feel a blister coming to the surface, STOP! Now is the time to fix the problem. Check out our tips for preventing blisters.

Keep Them Clean:
Many hikers neglect their efeet. Take the time to massage, air out and wash your feet throughout the day. And don’t forget to trim those nail.

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