Care for Your Feet
- Your feet have been mercilessly pounding over the gravel, sand, rocks, streams etc. for several hours. They need rest and recuperation for tomorrow’s trek.
- Remove your socks and keep them outside in the sun.
- Take off your socks and wash them.
- Wash feet as often as possible. Dry them rub vigorously between their toes.
- If feet look tender, wash them first with soap & water. Dry them & apply powder.
- Blisters on the treks are inevitable. You cannot avoid them but you can surely know how to deal with them.
- First clean them with soap and water.
- Puncture the blister with a sterilized pin or needle.
- Do not remove the skin
- Apply adhesive plaster, band-aid.
- Remember to keep your feet as clean as your face.
Before You March
- Check your shoes first. They should be comfortable (and never new)
- They should be loose enough to accommodate 2 pairs of socks and to absorb the friction, which causes blisters. Talcum powder is useful to avoid friction and to cope with sweat.
- Keep your shoes dry and clean.
- If your shoes are wet, never dry them over fire. Stuff it with papers. Change your wet socks immediately.
- Make it a point to change socks every alternative day at least, as a dirty sock not only smells foul but also causes blisters.
- Lastly, have you tied your shoes properly?