The cold weather and all the elements that winter brings are usually not enough to deter an avid hiker who loves the outdoors. Around Massapequa, NY you can find a variety of beautiful places to hike all year long, such as the Bethpage Bikeway, the Muttontown Mystery Trail, Sunken Meadow State Park and the David Weld Sanctuary Tour.
Hiking is a great activity your whole family can get involved in. Aside from proper boots and maybe some walking poles, there is no other equipment needed – you can just get out and go! In winter though, keeping feet warm is extremely important, not only for comfort but also to avoid painful and dangerous frostbite.
One of the keys to warm feet is a two-layer process. First, wear a liner sock made out of synthetic material that will keep moisture away from your skin and dry faster. Over top you will want to wear a pair of wool socks for insulation to keep your feet nice and toasty. If there is room in your boots, put in some felt insoles, which will also help with warmth. Lace your boots tight enough so that your heel doesn’t slip but not so tight that if affects your circulation. Wear pants that can tie over the cuff of each boot or invest in a pair of gaiters to put over your hiking boots to keep snow out. Dry, warm feet are essential for avoiding frostbite.
If you have been hindered by foot pain from enjoying the outdoors this winter, we can help. Contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. for diagnosis and treatment. Foot pain should never stand in the way of you enjoying your life. Call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment today.