If you enjoy going for a hike, then you know heel pain is a sure way to ruin an otherwise perfect day. What you might not realize, though, is that there are things you can do to avoid discomfort on the trail. Follow these tips to enjoy your hike pain-free.
Train your feet—just like with anything else in life, you need to prepare. Start with short, easy hikes to condition your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. You will gradually be able to take longer excursions without any pain.
Find the right footwear—Go out and buy proper hiking footwear that is supportive and designed to handle a variety of terrains. If there are some spots that are pinching, visit a shoe repair store and have the leather stretched. You might also want to wear the shoes around a little to break them in before venturing out on the trails.
Wear Proper Socks—Opt for moisture-wicking socks that help keep your feet dry. If you like to layer, remember to choose bigger footwear to accommodate for extra socks.
Rest Your Feet—during your hike, when you take a lunch break, give your feet a break too by removing your shoes or boots for a while.
Prevent Blisters—Blisters are a quick way to pain. There are many different ways to prevent blisters, from padding to taping your foot. Find what works best for you and stick with it. Also, be sure that your shoes aren’t causing the problem. If so, it’s time for a new pair.
If you are experiencing heel pain while hiking or doing any other type of activity in Bethpage, NY, call Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. at (516) 804-9038 to schedule an appointment.
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