Hike without Foot Pain with these 4 Tips

Hike without Foot Pain with these 4 Tips

September 05, 2018

From day trips on your favorite trails to a full-on adventure on the Appalachian Trail, keeping your feet happy should be your first priority.  Whether you’re dealing with Plantar Fasciitis, Overpronation or just concerned about being on your feet for an extended amount of time, here are a few things worth packing before you hit the trails.

#1 Pack moleskin! This heavy cotton fabric can be stuck right to sore spots on your feet to prevent blisters. At the first sign of discomfort from your shoes or gear, trim off a piece of moleskin and apply. Moleskin helps prevent friction and pressure and is really flexible for long-lasting wear.

#2 Find good hiking shoes! Make sure you are wearing the right shoes for the type of terrain and trail you’ll be hiking on. Visit your local outdoor recreational store and they can help you find the perfect shoe for your foot. Make sure to bring a pair of your current walking/hiking shoes so they can see your walking style and any pressure points you may have. Are you already dealing with foot pain, but aren’t sure what is causing it? Check out our Pain Finder for more information!

#3 Pack extra foot support! Get extra support with The X Brace! The unique “X” pattern in our patented foot brace provides support and reduces arch pressure very similar to how low-dye taping works but without the time and tape. This support of the arch also helps offset over-pronation, effectively addressing what can be debilitating foot pain and get you back to enjoying your hike.

#4 Take breaks and stretch! Once you're on the trail, if your feet start to bother you, listen to them! Stretching will relieve tension. One of our favorite hiking stretches is the Standing Calf Stretch.

Facing a sturdy tree or structure, put your hands against the tree at about eye level. Keep one leg back, the other leg forward with your heel on the floor. Turn your forward foot slightly inward (pigeon-toed) as you slowly lean into the wall you will feel a stretch in the back of your calf. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat 3 times on each leg. Do this exercise several times per day. When you can stand comfortably without pain you can begin stretching the bottom of your foot using the Plantar Fascia Stretch.

Need more stretching ideas? Check out our previous post on a great morning stretch routine.

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My daughter is 10 and is in competitive gymnastics. She has has such foot pain for months and months. We tried the x brace and she is doing remarkably better. She also has pt 2x a week but wears her x brace during floor and beam and inserts in her shoes and the pain is almost non existent now

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This is the second pair of braces we have ordered. They are for my 10 year old daughter. She has been suffering with planters fascitis for several years. After purchasing the first pair she had immediate relief. She wears them everyday and they have been life changing for her. We purchased a second pair so she would have a pair to wear when we were washing the others. I would definitely recommend trying The X Brace if you are suffering from this condition.

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This is an excellent product. I would have given it 5 stars if the heel straps stayed in place. They tend to slowly make their way down my heels requiring me to pull them back up. Perhaps another strap attached to the left and right side of the heel strap that crosses over the ankle, going around the front of the foot/leg, would make it stay put. Like I said, the heel straps are slow to slip down, so it’s not a huge deal. But other than that, it’s a great product and is quite comfortable. It is giving me relief I hoped for.