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After a period of cold and dark winter weather, the temperature is rising. Trees are sprouting fresh green leaves, and flowers begin to bloom and add colour to the landscape. This is a pleasant invitation to explore outside.
You may be planning a city break away or trip to the countryside. Going for a long walk or hike is usually extremely enjoyable, I often see patients with foot complaints relating to recent exploring. I therefore thought that I would highlight some of these common complaints so that you may better prepare and help prevent injury.
Long walking means repetition of foot contact with the ground. If you are walking on a concrete floor (ie. around a city), the ground will be harder than walking across a field, and every step will almost be the same owing to the ground being flat. This increases the type of repetition in comparison to hiking over altering terrain.
Common problems from repetition:
The biggest risk of sudden instability in a city seems to be curb edges (sidewalks as they say in America). Going over the edges can cause ankle sprains or more severe permanent damage including fractures. In the countryside, however, the ground is uneven. Every step will be different and remaining stable involves constant firing of different muscles. There is a constant increased risk of instability related injury here.
Common problems from instability:
Will it shower with rain, beam constant hot sunshine, have puddles of water, boggy ground or mud to contend with? These things will impact on your friction with the ground and affect whether your feet become quickly wet and dirty.
Common problems associated with weather:
If you are preparing for a long hike, walking holiday or activities far beyond your normal routine, it may be worth speaking to a podiatrist, sports physician, physiotherapist or personal trainer. They will be able to recommend a practice regime and highlight important health considerations. Often a simple injury can be easily remedied or avoided with appropriate preparation.
If you would like more information please get in touch with our team.
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Written by Steven Thomas – Podiatrist, on behalf of Podogo
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.