How to Prepare Your Feet for Hiking

Some of the most common ailments afflicting hikers start inside the boots. Follow the instructions below to keep your feet happy, heel to toe.

Steps

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    See a doctor first about any foot issues you know might become worse on the trail.
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    Get fitted for the proper type of boot. Keep in mind your foot type as well as the length and type of trail you will be hiking.
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    Stock your first-aid kit with a special kit dedicated to foot care. Include moleskin, Vaseline, tincture of Benzoin, band aids, antibiotic cream, needles, scissors, and antiseptic.
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    Bring correct socks and plenty of them. One of the worst things for feet is moisture. You should use liner socks and be prepared to change them as your feet sweat.
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    Take the opportunity to soak aching feet in streams as you can. This will bring down swelling and reduce pain.
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    Take off boots and change into camp shoes when you finish hiking for the day.

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Categories: Feet Knees and Legs | Backpacking and Hiking