Foot Pain is no fun!
Staying active and discovering new grounds is a great way to know your surroundings while staying active. Which is why hiking is an activity enjoyed by many. It is important to also ensure that it can be done while avoiding foot pain.
Although many believe hiking is as simple as walking, there are certain steps that must be taken in order to keep your feet in good condition and avoid the podiatrist, but if you have to see one, as in our case Valley Foot Doctors.
Here are some tips to prevent and eliminate pain while hiking.
When hiking, wear the right pair of socks for the job. The perfect sock would have to be thick enough to be a cushion but not so thick they overheat and don’t allow your feet to breath. Socks that are too thin won’t help protect your feet from the impact.
Wear the right size shoes and the right hiking shoes. Look for lightweight backpacking shoes that are flexible and breathable. Once you found the right pair of shoes, buy them a size bigger than usual to make room for foot swelling. Since this is often overlooked it isn’t uncommon for hikers to come out with heel pain.
Every step sends a jolt through the feet which magnifies depending on the weight of the backpack and everything in it. Which is why it is very important to carry lightweight backpacking gears. After long hours of walking, this can lead to foot injuries such as: blisters, foot sprains, shin splints, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Clean your feet
This method is not always possible but could be of great help if your feet becomes swollen and achy. If there’s water nearby, dunk your feet in it. The flowing water massages them, increases circulation, numbs the pain and reduces inflammation. Although there isn’t always a creek available, bring your own water to clean off the dirt and sweat would work as well.
The reality is most hiking shoes have poor quality insoles in them. They don’t provide enough shock absorption and usually ends up flat after a while. To make sure your feet is well protected, you will need to spend a little extra for high quality foam insoles. The good news is that these insoles usually last longer than the shoes.
Don’t forget to take breaks once in a while. When walking on uneven grounds, under hot weather or for a long distance, your feet tend to throb and sometimes swell. This happens when blood flows to your feet in response to the microscopic injuries that occur every time you slam them into the ground. To counter this effect, take your shoes off and leave them elevated for a few minutes on your breaks.
If all fails, turn to Ibuprofen also known as “Vitamin I”. It doesn’t take care of the source of discomfort but it provides temporary relief by taking the pain away until the cause of the problem can be detected. Of course you can find Ibuprofen anywhere such as at your local Walgreens, or CVS pharmacy.
In closing, if all fails and you still have foot pain, go visit your podiatrist Sacramento.