Take Care of Your Feet

Your Feet Will Keep You Adventuring

Sometimes we take them for granted and don’t think about how important they are. Too many times I’ve seen them bruised, beaten, and taken advantage of and then when you can’t go any longer, you wish you would’ve done something about it earlier. 

I’m talking about your feet, folks. They take us on so many adventures while we walk, hike, bike, climb, and so on. We’re able to see so many wonderful views and wildlife because oftentimes, our feet got us there. There are things that we MUST be thinking about so we can keep adventuring.

  1. Work in your shoes

    • Hiking or Backpacking - Lace up those shoes and walk around your house, neighborhood, or even to the store. You can even do some little trails just to break them in.

    • Climbing - This can be such a long process (and a little painful) but it’s definitely true. The more you wear your climbing shoes the better they will feel and may stretch a little. You can wrap your feet in cling wrap then slip them into your new shoes. Wear them while you watch TV or while some hangboard exercises. The cling wrap will help you get them on to be able to stretch them out a bit before your first session. However, climbing shoes aren’t necessarily meant to be worn while you walk around, so, remember to take them off in between climbs.

  2. Identify Hot Spots

    • Hot spots are areas that have been visibly rubbed over and over while adventuring. These areas will be red, irritated, and possibly warm to the touch (hence the name “hot spots”). These areas need to be protected before slipping on any shoes as they will turn into blisters and can become problem areas later on.

      • You can add some extra padding like duct tape or thin moleskin before slipping on your adventure shoes and hitting that trail.

  3. Keep Them Dry

    • Once you’re settled into camp or back in the car, take off your shoes and either put on some camp shoes or at the least, switch socks. I bring some camp sandals to ensure that my feet are drying and airing out after being contained all day. If it’s quite chilly out, I put on a pair of camp socks with my camp shoes.

      • If your feet are really wet from rain, creek crossing, or just being in the water all day, you need to dry them out. Wipe them off with something dry and clean then rest your bare feet by the fire or just out in the open air. Letting your feet stay really wet can lead to trench foot, which is painful and not the best thing to take care of.

  4. Tend to those Blisters

    • Sometimes it’s inevitable; you may just get some blisters. If you take care of them properly, they’ll heal just fine. If not, you may be limping through the forest and some nasty, raw patches on your feet. Blister care is an essential part of any adventure you’re on.

      • If you don’t have moleskin with you, the best thing you can do is slap some duct tape or medical tape over the blister. Though, duct tape lasts longer and stays in place better.

      • Moleskin is the best solution to your blister. Take your moleskin, measure the size of your blister and add a quarter inch. Cut that shape out and a circle in the middle before placing over your blister. This adds cushion to your blister and not pressure. We don’t want it to pop, just ease the pressure while we adventure on.

      • If your blister has already popped, it’s important to keep it clean and let it air out as much as you can. If you need to put on your shoes, place a bandage or moleskin over the popped blister to protect that raw area. They can definitely get worse and become a much bigger problem with infections if not taken care of properly.

Now, thank your feet and give them some love when you go adventuring. Like I said, they can take you to some amazing places but won’t be able to if they’re all beaten up. 

See you out there!


Cold water feels great on your feet

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