What started out as a fun hike ended in pain for me. Last weekend, some friends and I decided to go to Cress Creek Nature Trail. Here is a link to the directions.
It wasn’t a physically challenging hike, but my shoes got wet (I was pushed into Cress Creek by my roommate) causing me to get terribly painful blisters on the bottoms of my feet.
The bottom of your feet is a terrible place to get blisters, especially when you are a woman and you decide to wear heels to church the next day. To make a long story short, I ended up walking home and taking my shoes off from the pain. I ended up burning the bottom of my heels (and my blisters) on the concrete resulting in a lot of pain for me.
I was going to include a picture, but I realized how disgusting that was while I was taking the picture.
There are some positive aspects of this whole burned foot situation. It has required me to plan ahead and be more careful as I’m hiking. I’ve had to be extra careful with my feet, and I wish I would’ve done more things to prevent this foot pain in the first place.
I discovered a website with a lot of good information on preventative care that I’m going to reference from, and where I got most of my information.
- Be Prepared Physically for the Hike:
You’ve got to walk before you can run. Prepare adequately before going on a 13-mile hike. Robert Richardson from offgridsurvival.com suggests: “Before setting out, start taking short hikes.”
2. Make Sure Your Shoes Fit Right:
“Your boots or hiking shoes are probably the most important part of keeping your feet feeling good. Hiking socks are often thicker than normal socks; so before trying on new boots at the store, make sure that you’re wearing the same socks that you’ll be wearing out on the trail. A good fit is essential, and should never be overlooked.” You should also make sure that you’re not wearing brand new shoes. Give yourself sometime to break them in.
3. Wear the Right Socks:
Don’t wear cotton socks. Robert Richardson suggests moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks to keep your feet dry on the trail. Also stay out of the water so that your socks don’t give you blisters!
4. Take Care of Your Blisters:
As soon as you feel a blister developing, stop what you are doing and treat it. It’s only going to get worse and so the sooner you can treat it the better.
5. Take Care of Your Feet:
This should be a no-brainer, but keep them clean! And this is also a little gross, but trim your toe nails before hiking. Your feet will thank you, I promise.
As long as you play it safe and take care of your feet, you will have a better hiking experience.