Care for Your Feet
> One’s feet play the most important role during a trek. Your feet have been hard at work walking you through the gravel, streams and uneven terrain. They deserve a well due rest for a maintained performance the next day.
> Wash your socks and dry them in the sun.
> Cleanse your feet as often as possible and ensure that the space between your toes is dry.
> Treat tender feet to a soap and water cleanse, followed by application of powder.
> An inevitability while trekking, is getting blisters. To know how to deal with them is a wise idea.
> Step 1: Soap cleanse
> Step 2: Using a sterilized pin or needle, puncture the blister. Do not remove the extra skin.
> Step 3: Cover up the wound by application of adhesive plaster or a band aid.
> Friction causes blisters. Use talcum powder to cope with sweat.
> During a trek, to keep your feet as clean as your face is a must!
BEFORE YOU MARCH
> Ensure that the shoes you choose are comfortable and well worn, not new.
> Your shoes shouldn’t be well fitted, but should have enough space for 2 additional socks to facilitate absorption of friction.
> Try to keep shoes dry whenever possible, and maintain hygiene.
> Do not dry wet shoes over a fire, instead stuff it with paper and change out of wet socks as soon as possible.
> A habit to inculcate while trekking is to change socks at least every second day to avoid foul smell, blisters and infection.
> Lastly, have you tied your shoes properly?