Happy Feet: Essential Foot Care Tips for Hikers and Outdoor Enthusiasts

Hiking and outdoor adventures can be exhilarating, but they can also take a toll on your feet if you don’t take proper care of them. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting to explore the great outdoors, your feet play a crucial role in your ability to enjoy these activities to the fullest. In this post, we’ll explore essential foot care tips for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to ensure your feet stay happy and healthy on the trails.

Choose the Right Footwear:

  1. Start with a good pair of hiking boots or shoes that provide ample support and protection.
  2. Ensure proper fit to prevent blisters, black toenails, and discomfort.
  3. Break in new footwear before embarking on a long hike to avoid painful surprises.

 

Socks Matter:

  1. Opt for moisture-wicking and breathable socks to keep your feet dry.
  2. Consider wearing a moisture-wicking liner sock beneath your regular hiking socks for added comfort.
  3. Change socks if they become damp to prevent friction and blisters.

 

Keep Your Feet Dry:

  1. Carry extra socks in your backpack for longer hikes.
  2. Use foot powder or anti-chafing products to reduce moisture and friction.
  3. When crossing streams, invest in waterproof boots or carry sandals for quick drying.

 

Nail and Toenail Care:

  1. Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
  2. Avoid cutting them too short, as this can lead to pain and ingrown nails.
  3. File any sharp edges to prevent snags on socks.

 

Blisters Beware:

  1. If you feel a hot spot or irritation, stop and address it immediately.
  2. Use moleskin, blister pads, or athletic tape to protect vulnerable areas.
  3. Learn proper blister treatment techniques to prevent infection.

 

Stretch and Strengthen:

  1. Incorporate foot stretches and exercises into your routine to improve foot strength and flexibility.
  2. Pay attention to your calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and arches.
  3. Warm up before hiking to prepare your muscles and reduce the risk of injury.

 

Know Your Terrain:

  1. Be aware of the terrain you’ll encounter and choose appropriate footwear.
  2. When hiking in rocky areas, consider ankle support to prevent twists and sprains.
  3. On uneven terrain, use trekking poles to help maintain balance and reduce strain on your feet.
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Post-Hike Care:

  1. After your hike, wash your feet and thoroughly dry them.
  2. Check for any injuries, blisters, or skin irritations.
  3. Elevate your feet to reduce swelling, and consider using a cold compress if necessary.
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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.