Sore feet is not a pleasant scenario to think of. There were times when I skipped a few points on the route and took a shortcut so that I can go home and take care of the blisters that were giving me a hard time.
Of course, now that I’ve been to hundreds of trails for hours, days, and weeks, I know how to choose the right hiking boots and how to take care of sore foot so that I don’t have to return early from the trail.
Let me share a few tips with you.
1. Make sure your broke in your shoes
Breaking into a shoe is a must, whether it is for hiking or just going to your office early in the morning.
Without breaking in, you may find the shoes to be stiff and rugged on the inside, which is not good if you are expecting a 10-mile hike on the first day with the new pair of shoes you bought.
You don’t need to wear it for months before you could use it for long walking sessions on a hike. Just wear the pair in your home, jog around the neighborhood, go shopping on them – this will be enough to break in the shoe.
2. Not too loose, Not too tight
Apart from breaking in the shoes, it is also important that you ensure the pair first you perfectly.
The heel should be tighter and the toe region should have space for your toes to wiggle around.
If some parts of the shoe are rubbing against your feet harshly, you should change the pair because the slightest roughness can cause blisters if you walk on them for hours on hiking.
3. Lace-up your shoes properly
Don’t leave the shoelaces loose or too tight. Keep the laces on as your socks stick firmly with the shoes and don’t stress your skin while you are walking.
4. Keep Toenails short
Even though you picked up the right size for the shoes, you can still feel discomfort if your toes don’t have enough room to move a bit. This may lead to swelling and a sore foot.
When your toenails are long, they take up the free space that was meant to serve as wiggling space for the toes. At worst, your nails can even bleed or break. So cut them short before leaving.
5. Use cream, powder, spray or tape
Try out different products on your feet. See what works on your skin and reduce sweating. This will decrease the chances of blisters and muscle soreness.
These are mostly antiperspirants. I personally used sprays for a while and it helped me.
6. Triage blisters and hotspots
No matter what you do, at some point, you may have the hot spots and blisters anyway. The best thing to do for avoiding further soreness is taking a break and take care of the blisters and hot spots.
When you feel the hot spot, it may be telling you that a blister is on a way. Just take off your socks and dry your feet as quick as possible. If you have a spare pair of socks, wear them.
When you see a blister already popping out of your skin, it’s best that you leave it as it is. Just put some cream or lubrication to be able to walk in the shoes again much discomfort. Take care of your feet and the blister as soon as you reach home.