If you’re a walking enthusiast – the type that’s hitting the next trail on the weekends or heading out for a walk at sunrise each day – make sure your feet are ready for the challenge with these foot care tips.
Walking is a great way to stay in shape and keep you healthy, but it does put some pressure on your feet. If you’re a walking enthusiast, the type that’s hitting the next trail on the weekends or heading out for a walk at sunrise each day, make sure your feet are ready for the challenge! From soaking your feet in a foot bath to wearing the right footwear , here are some simple ways to keep feet happy on your daily or weekly treks:
1. Buy cushioned insoles. No matter how comfortable those walking shoes may be, long-distance walks may require some extra support. Buy a pair of cushioned insoles made with gel-like materials that provide support for you instep and balls of your feet. Just make sure you purchase a pair that are thick but still give your feet plenty of room to breathe, and take them out of the shoes when not in use.
2. Skip the heels. Walking long distances can put stress on your knees, ankles and calves. Adding pressure to the arch can make it difficult to maintain a healthy stride and puts excess pressure on the balls of your feet. Pick a pair of walking shoes that are flat; platform styles with a 1 to 2-inch heel can still support you as long as they’re made with thicker soles.
3. Give your feet a bath! A long walk or trek across challenging trails can put extra stress on your feet and ankles, so a soothing, relaxing foot bath can help melt the stress away and keep your feet in great shape. Try a foot soak or indulge in a spa foot bath that helps soothe tired and aching feet within minutes.
4. Moisturize before and after. Keep feet healthy and flexible with a moisturizing foot cream or body butter. Moisturizing your feet regularly helps keep them supple and pliable, reducing the risk of injury during stressful activities.
5. Take care of blisters. Blisters on your feet will only get worse without proper care and cleaning; make sure your feet are wrapped in bandages when needed so you can protect blisters from getting worse during your walk.