It’s a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Summer is just around the corner and as vacation plans are being finalized it’s time to start making sure you have all the proper equipment and knowledge for the activities you’ll be participating in. One easy activity to take part in on just about any vacation is hiking. You can do it at the beach, in the mountains, and even up the steps of large cathedrals. The last thing you want to have to deal with on vacation is foot pain, especially if you’re hiking in places where a foot injury would be a big inconvenience.
Below are some hiking tips we found to help you prepare for your journey:
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- Start out on the right foot with proper footwear. Hiking requires little equipment so make the investment of hiking gear where it’s needed most with a proper fit of hiking shoes. Support and foot stability is critical to have in a shoe in order to prevent an injury from occurring. Make sure your hiking boots or shoes provide the right traction and support for your feet.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your hike to keep your body hydrated and your joints lubricated, which will help prevent injury. Consider carrying a bottle of water with you, especially on warm and sunny days.
- Don’t rush. It’s important to not overdo it, especially if you’re a beginning hiker. Start off with smaller distances and gradually increase your pace and time in order to prevent muscle pain, strains and other injury occurrences.
- Prepare. Hiking is a big cardio endurance activity so it’s critical to properly prepare for your hike by taking the time to stretch both before and after. This will help keep your muscles loose, which will help prevent an injury from happening.
- Keep your eyes open. Although this may seem obvious, it’s important to focus on where your feet are landing as a simple misstep due to loose debris or tree roots can easily cause an ankle sprain to occur.
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At Adler Footcare we often see foot and ankle injuries that could have been prevented by putting tips like the ones above into practice. If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain at any point during your hike, vacation, or just normal daily activities it’s crucial to visit a podiatrist to have your foot evaluated. Waiting too long to treat some foot problems will just make them worse. Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare below to learn more pain management techniques and treatment options. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.