Trekking Backpack; Those Feet Were Meant For Hiking

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Trekking Different Terrains On A Backpack Hike

Trekking backpack hiking trips can be your ultimate outdoor experience. There are many things you’ll need to learn before attempting backpack hiking. Information such as how and what to pack, what type of hike to take and what gear you’ll need is important. One of the most crucial aspects of hiking is the comfort of the appendages that will carry you and your backpack load. Here are some ways to ensure the comfort and safety of your hiking feet.

Hikers; Do This Before You Leave Home For Your Hike

Hikers Footwear Is Very Important

If your footwear is not comfortable and well broken in, your feet will suffer from potential blisters and discomfort. It is vitally important that if you are wearing a brand new pair of hiking boots, you must break them in at home first.

Wear them to the the park, or around your back yard with your hiking socks several times. This will give the material a chance to stretch and conform to your feet. If your hiking footwear is not new, you are all set. Just check for heel wearing that could throw you off balance. It may also cause your gait to be uneven, which will create back pain, and affect ankles and calves as well.

You may want to place inserts in your hiking shoes for added cushioning and relief to avoid plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia can take quite a beating while hiking. This thick band of tissue, when overused, begins to form tiny tears. When you don’t protect your heels on your hike, over time, this can lead to pain, irritation and swelling of the ligament. Taking frequent breaks during a hike and getting off your feet is well worth avoiding feet issues.

Blisters Can Bring Your Hike To A Screeching Halt

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Painful Blisters Can Ruin Your Hiking Trip

Trekking backpack preparedness for the sake of your feet is the smartest thing you can do. It will mean the difference between an enjoyable hike, or one that finds you in pain. Wouldn’t it suck if your trip had to end too soon? Prevention of blisters is much easier and less painful as opposed to the treatment you would have to follow. The fit of your hiking boot/shoe should be comfortable with some flexibility. You should not feel any seams rubbing your foot.

If you wore your new hiking boots at home before your hike, did you notice anywhere that felt pinched, cramped or rubbed? You’ll need to check to see whether your socks or the boots caused it. If you notice any “hot spots” on your feet, these reddened areas are precursors to an actual blister. This will be your clue that something needs to be altered with your socks of boots. Your socks should not be bunched up within your footwear. Many hikers like to use a sock liner to help wick sweat away.

Your Hiking Boots Must Fit Properly

Trekking backpack footwear for hiking is designed to be supportive on your feet during your jaunt, especially while you are carrying a loaded backpack on different types of terrain. Assuming you break your new shoes or boots in before hiking in them, they still will not feel as flexible like a regular sneaker or running shoe, Since they need to be both comfortable and stabilizing to your feet and ankles, you may notice a bit of stiffness that you’ll adjust to after wearing them repeatedly.

Trekkers; A Word About Appropriate Socks

The Socks You Wear Play An Important Role During Hiking

Hikers will agree that a good pair of socks worn for hiking is a must have to complete the total comfort of your feet. You may not think a simple thing like a pair of socks would warrant such careful consideration. But alas, there are many aspects that make your hiking socks either great or horrible. Mostly, the material is important. 100% cotton anything is comfortable to wear, however, it holds moisture and does not dry quickly. Instead, you’ll benefit from a moisture-wicking cotton/synthetic blend or wool, which many hikers swear by. Look for a form-fitting toe and added arch support with some underfoot light padding. Pack more than one pair in your backpack bag.

Trekking backpack hikers need lightweight socks that are highly breathable in a crew length for extra shin protection when hiking off trail. A shorter micro-crew sock height is suitable for both shoes and boots during summer hikes.

Hike Enthusiasts Get Sweaty Feet , So What?

Rest And Air Dry Your Feet During A Hike

Wet and sweaty feet are an inevitable truth that coincides with hiking in a prolonged and wet environment. You can’t prevent your feet from sweating, and you may cross creeks or hike through rain showers. It can be exhausting to keep your feet dry because not many “water resistant” boots, shoes or socks keep your feet perfectly dry in hiking conditions that are often variable. Even though waterproof shoes may drain and dry quickly, you will still get wet even if it’s just from sweat.

Trekking backpack hikes are not as harsh on your feet when you stop mid-day and air dry your feet without your socks for 20-30 minutes. Take that time to eat lunch or take a power nap. Change your socks (yes, always carry extras in your hiking bag) if they are really wet. Change them again when you make camp at night. Don’t wear wet socks while you sleep assuming they will dry overnight on your feet. Application of a wax and oil based foot balm will help wet feet tremendously while you’re sleeping. Apply a new coat in the morning before hiking again.

Backpackers With Healthy Feet Have Better Hiking Treks

Tried and true prevention and treatments have been used by hikers for centuries. Nature Trail Backpacks hiking community and readers benefit from feedback to each other. Feel free to comment below whatever measures you wish to share from your hiking experience to keep your feet dry and healthy during your hike. Together, we will make every hike just a little bit greater. Happy hiking!

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