The fall season is the perfect time to go on exciting hikes and adventures. Spending time outdoors, enjoying the pleasant weather, and admiring the beautiful fall colors is a favorite pastime for many. However, it is also very important to protect your feet during this time. Below are some tips and tricks to make sure your fall hiking experience is as enjoyable as possible.
The most important tip is ensuring you have proper hiking footwear. Invest in a pair of good hiking boots that fit your feet well and support your ankles. A stiffer sole can enhance stability on uneven ground. The goal is having good traction and enough rigidity in the arch and heel region to reduce unwanted bending forces. In addition be sure your hiking boots are properly broken in before going on longer hikes.
Prepare your feet for a hike by doing strengthening and stretching exercises before starting. Heel raises, toe raises, toe stretches, and toe splays are great ways to stretch and strengthen your feet which will go a long way in preparing your feet for hiking.
Check feet for blisters post hike. Protect existing blisters with moleskin or band aids.
Taking time to air dry your feet (and socks!) will reduce moisture and friction which reduces your chances of getting blisters on the trail. Always include one pair of extra socks in your daypack to make sure your feet stay as dry as possible.
Pay attention to your surroundings, avoid distractions that may inhibit your awareness of obstacles on the trail. Wear long pants and or high socks when hiking on trails. This may prevent injury from poison ivy, poison oak or sharp objects along the trail.
Always rest, ice, and elevate after long strenuous hikes to help with any pain or swelling you may have. And should any injuries occur, know that Brucato Foot and Ankle is here for you!
Stay Safe and Have Fun!