ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FEET ON A LONG HIKE
How to protect your feet on a hike lasting several days?
"One kilometre on foot wears out your shoes for good..."
So what about a long day of hiking? Or even worse: what about a walk in stages, over several days, or even weeks? Well it hurts your feet! Blisters, black nails, tendinitis... So many pains and wounds that could compromise your adventure. So here are some expert tips to protect your feet, avoid all those discomforts and reach your ultimate goal without a stone in your shoe.
prepare your feet for a long hike PREPARATION
We’re not born to hike, we can’t pretend to be a hiker, we become one. By accumulating kilometres and days of walking.
Preparation before a goal is therefore crucial to its success. It is not innate for modern man to walk 20 to 30 kilometres on a daily basis, on winding roads, even less so over several days. This is all the more valid for the feet, the part of the body most solicited during a hike. If some have sea legs, the hiker must fashion mountain legs.
To be well prepared, would be:
→ Days of walking in advance, as training. Accustoming your feet to difference in heights, to climbs, descents, uncertain supports .The higher the objective, the more training and preparation must be applied, before moving on, It is necessary to test on short hikes. Before going on an expedition, it is essential to spend at least one night in a shelter. To see if our feet can take it and if we appreciate the atmosphere.
→ A complete check-up of your feet. Just as you revise a car before a long rally, you must pamper your feet before the start. A pedicure a month before, Massaging your feet during the days before the hike, alternating daily lemon juice and moisturizer. A household remedy to make the skin very resistant without drying it.
anticipate your need for your feet during a long hike ANTICIPATING
Before leaving, you can already know if the hike will turn out well or not! Like preparation, anticipation is a key to success.
Good anticipation is therefore:
→ Do not leave room for the unexpected! Not even any improvisation. All shelters or campsites must be booked in advance, note the itinerary on paper in the absence of a network, and identify sources of water and small grocery stores beforehand. Because we often tend to weigh down the bag as a precaution and therefore hurt our feet whereas the supply points are actually very regular.
→ NURSE AS YOU GO ALONG! At the slightest little sore, you have to stop and treat it. If you wait until the evening to relieve a blister or a black nail, it will be too late and you will not leave the next day!
→ To be able to effectively treat on the ground and not to compromise your hike, you just need to have carefully prepared your first aid kit... We have therefore developed a complete kit for hiking including everything necessary to take care of your feet:
Antifriction cream, to limit irritations related to long hours of walking
A cold recovery gel to apply in the evening by way of recovery
Foot Protector or Toe Cap, small light silicone dressings, imperceptible and very resistant to fight against the emergence or aggravation of blisters.
→ Finally, who says hiking over several days says management of effort. It is crucial not to set off too hard, not to start your journey by the most difficult stages. Progressiveness allows time for your body and feet to get used to the effort. Progressive, especially the buildup!
prepare your materials for your long hike.
MASTERING YOUR MATERIAL
An old reflex pushes us to believe that new equipment will be more beneficial because it’s more efficient, more resistant. Not at all! The most important thing is to feel at ease with your equipment, to know it, to have experienced it, to have got used to it.