Hiking is a great way to get exercise and fresh air while experiencing the beauty of changing seasons. Hiking-related injuries can range from relatively minor ailments such as blisters and bruises to more serious conditions, like stress fractures or ankle sprains. These injuries may actually be seen as minor overuse injuries that will fix themselves. Hikers may even attempt to treat the injuries by modifying their pace or by trying different shoes, but if left untreated, they can lead to complications later.
Proper preparation before hikes can decrease the risk of injury. Here are some easy ways to keep hikes safe:
–Wear properly fitting shoes or boots to protect toes from blisters and toenails from bruises.
–Condition and break in footwear before your hike.
–Wear moisture- wicking socks to protect feet from the cold, and excessive sweating.
–Be familiar with the hiking route and know your options for assessing medical assistance.
–Carry first aid supplies, such as bandages and wraps to help protect and stabilize injured feet ankles.
If you suffer a severe injury while on a hike, go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. For less than emergent injuries or for follow-up care, call our office for appointment.