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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know fall is a great time to go for a hike on one of the many beautiful trails in Middlesex County. The cooler weather, the gorgeous leaves, and everyone is looking to enjoy some fresh air before the frosty winter temperature set in. It’s also a great way to get some exercise, which is very beneficial for your feet, as you’ve heard us say before.

 

However, to maximize the benefits and minimize any potential harm to your feet, there are a few tips you should follow:

 

  • Do: Make sure you have the right shoes. Hiking shoes are different from regular sneakers, and they usually have a deeper cut-out tread designed to grip the trail and help reduce the risk of losing your footing on loose stones, natural materials, and steep slopes. They may also provide ankle support to help prevent sprains if you choose a high-top style. Sturdy material protects your feet from tree roots and toe-stubbing on rocks.

 

  • Don’t:  Try out brand new hiking shoes on the trail. It’s helpful to wear them around at home for a few hours to break them in and ensure they don’t rub or hurt anywhere. Discovering halfway through a trail that your boots hurt makes for a very unpleasant hike!

 

  • Do: Choose socks that will wick sweat away from your feet. If your feet get sweaty, you have a greater risk for developing a blister—plus, they’ll feel damp and cold. Bring an extra pair in your pack to change into if you notice your socks feel damp.

 

  • Do: Pack some moleskin in your backpack to prevent a blister from forming if you start to feel a sore spot on your feet. It’s also a good idea to bring an elastic bandage and a small first aid kit with bandages, tweezers, and antibacterial ointment just in case.

 

  • Don’t: Neglect to check the trail map for the route you want to take to make sure the hike you’ve chosen matches up with your fitness level and stamina. Consider the length of your hike and the elevation change (i.e., how steep a climb you will have).

 



 








 

 

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