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Hit The Trails Safely!

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Hiking is a great way to get exercise and fresh air while experiencing the beauty of changing seasons. Hiking-related injuries can range from relatively minor ailments such as blisters and bruises to more serious conditions like stress fractures or ankle sprains. These injuries may initially be seen as minor, overuse injuries that will fix themselves. Hikers may even attempt to treat the injuries by modifying their walk or pace by trying new shoes, but if left untreated they can lead to complications and further injury down the road.

Proper preparation before hikes can decrease the risk of injury. Here are some easy ways to keep hikes safe:

- Wear properly fitting shoes or boots to protect toes from blisters and toenails from bruises.

- Condition and break in footwear before your hike.

- Wear moisture-wicking socks to protect feet from the cold and excessive sweating.

- Be familiar with the hiking route and know your options for accessing medical assistance. -- Carry some first-aid supplies, such as bandages and wraps to help protect and stabilize injured feet and ankles.

If you suffer a severe injury while on a hike, go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. For less emergent injuries or for follow up care, call our office for an appointment

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