The steep, rocky terrain of the Canyon’s paths is hardly where to try out new boots. Inside a boot’s dark, stiff toe compartment, even the most giant tiny piglet may take a battering. It just takes a few miles to turn a big toe into an unrecognizable pulp. You should also be aware of fungal nail treatment as it can be dangerous. Canyon toe is not known for doing anything long-term. It will, however, destroy a trip.
Fortunately, canyon toe is readily avoided and occurs seldom. We want you to underline the significance of taking care of your feet when backpacking before, during, and after a trip, whether you are a beginner or an experienced backpacker.
1. Wear the Proper Footwear
New shoes are great, but unless you are going hiking, you should always wear shoes that have been broken in. You can use bubble wrap to protect your feet and stay away from diseases. Allow plenty of time for your new shoes to break in, or stick with your tried-and-true favorites. So be safe and make wise decisions.
2. Get on your boots
You do not want to start a multi day backpacking journey with fresh new hiking boots strapped to your feet. Get your new boots as soon as possible if you’re going to prepare your feet for a long hiking excursion. You can experiment with different lacing styles and sock combinations if you want to be extra prepared.
Some people like to wear sock liners, while others wear only one layer of high-quality wool socks. Before you spend many days in the backcountry, know what works for you.
3. Use High-Quality Equipment
While there are many places where you can save money and cut corners, your footwear is not one of them. Spend the extra money on a good pair of shoes and a few pairs of high-quality socks. Your feet and financial account will thank you later; taking the cheap path frequently ends up being a money trap in the end.
4. Avoid wet foot
Wet feet will not increase the risk of blisters; chronically wet feet will. It would be best if you kept an eye on the moisture levels in your boots when trekking. Please take a minute at breaks or lunch to expose your feet and wipe them clean with a handkerchief or a pack towel.
Keep a dry pair of socks on hand if you are prone to sweaty feet when hiking so you can swap them out midway through the day. You will want several pairs of extra socks on longer backpacking trips to ensure you always have a dry, clean pair.
5. Pack a few extras
Always bring at least one extra pair of socks with you to keep your feet as dry and clean as possible. Dirt can accumulate in the fabric, causing skin discomfort. If you are going on a long journey, you won’t want to bring socks with you every day. You can wash your dirty socks with a nearby water source and wear your dry, clean pair for sleeping, and the next day, repeat the cycle as needed.
6. Keep a pair of comfortable socks.
In your sleeping bag, keep a pair of thick, comfortable socks to wear at night. Even while packing up in the morning, please keep them in your luggage, separate from your other clothes. If you are wearing them, do not leave the tent. That is why they are revered. Your precious socks even have an emotional benefit. It’s soothing to know you have something dry and clean on hand for your dirty, painful feet while hiking.
7. Make Your Feet Stronger
Not only should you toughen up your skin, but you should also strengthen your feet’s bones, muscles, and connective tissue to avoid stress fractures and soft tissue problems later on.
Walking barefoot is an excellent place to start, especially on uneven ground like pebbles or sand. Exercises like heel lifts and towel grabs pulling a towel under your foot with only your toes will help develop the muscles on the bottom of your feet.
To Sum Up
Implement these tips for a better experience. It will let you have a safe and sound backpacking journey.