Our feet were naturally designed to cope with uneven and rough surfaces. However, city streets have replaced the rougher terrains of old and have made our feet lazy. So it will take some time to get them adjusted for carrying the extra load of a heavy backpack across varying uneven terrains for extended periods of time.
That’s why we need to train our feet again before going into the wild where our ancestors used to fight with the environment to live.
Nowadays we have become lazy because we are getting all information using just our smartphone, we can see enthralling images of various areas of the world even without going there! But as we know, every wonderful thing attracts us and we get pulled away! We can’t resist that because it’s in our genes.
So If we have a plan to go somewhere, before feeling the bliss of nature, we need to keep ourselves into the same shoe of those people who live there. It helps us to get the checkpoints we need to work on otherwise we may face extreme difficulties. Then Bliss will become pain.
It happens for hikers also. Nowadays, even an enthusiastic hiker go for hiking once in month hardly. Believe me my friend, getting adjusted in our daily city life for even seven days takes all of our adaptations acquired before. So it’s necessary to train and prepare our feet for hiking every time.
How to train your feet for hiking
Here are some tips on training and preparing your feet for Hiking
First of all, you can train your feet by doing some simple exercises as explained in the section on Getting into Shape for Hiking. Regular Hiking and Walking Exercise will keep your feet prepared and trained for the activity. Stretching will help a lot. Heavy exercising right from the first day may get you injuries. So be aware of the fact!
Walking barefoot whenever you can help you develop leathery soles that give added protection.
Rubbing your feet with Benzine can be done to toughen up the skin on your toes, heels, and soles.
If you have excess callus or corns then you will want to avoid those areas cracking and becoming very painful. Remove the excess callus with a skin vile. Use skin cream to keep the skin of your feet elastic and moist without removing the needed callus to pad your soles and heels.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a foot fungus that can seriously damage the skin of your feet. Make sure to treat it well before heading out. Hiking Boots provide the perfect condition for the fungi to do more damage on your feet. Your doctor can provide you with an anti-fungi lotion that will take care of your problems in a few weeks.
Check your toenails for ingrown or sharp edges and trim them shortly before going Hiking.
If you have parts of your feet that are known to develop Blisters quickly, you might want to cover them up with moleskin before even taking the first step. For more information, read our section on Blisters.
These are the basic preparations we need to check out for a hiking session. We recommend to get the preparation for at least 15 days prior leaving.