Hikers urged to consider foot comfort

Published: 11th April 2008

Hikers urged to consider foot comfort
Once the weather is fine, many people will begin to go hiking but a large number will fail to consider the comfort of their feet, an expert has commented.

Dr Paul Collins, writing for McClatchy Newspapers, warned that while many hikers will invest in top of the range walking boots, which support and cushion the foot, few will consider their socks in such detail.

Wearing an unsuited pair of socks can lead to blisters, which can be very painful, the doctor continued, making them very important.

Hikers require socks which do not cause too much friction and which help carry moisture away from the foot, he explained.

"Another trick is to use two pairs of socks and allow the friction to be between the socks and not on the foot," Dr Collins suggested.

Fortunately for those fans of walking who are fearful of blisters, it is possible to invest in a pair of walking socks, specifically designed to look after feet during a trek.

There are even endurance socks available, for comfort during the longest and sweatiest climb.

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