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imageFeet & Foot Care for Bush Walking

Bushwalking, bush-bashing, tramping, hiking whatever you call it is great for the mind, body and spirit and what better place to do it than in Tasmania.
If you plan to venture out here in the best state in the country the health and well-being of your feet is vital. A problem free foot will keep you moving forward, up and down mountains, over uneven ground, under heavy loads and often, wet and muddy. Without your feet in good order your going nowhere. Bushwalking can test the feet to their limits - it brings out discomfort to the owner any inbuilt structural flaws or lack of preparation.

Hopefully the following information can give you helpful advice to keep you on track…...

imageTraining & Preparing your Feet for Hiking

Bringing your feet up speed for a long walk includes equipping your joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin and nails. Preparing your feet for bushwalking includes building up their physical fitness as well as preparing them for punishment. Walking over uneven terrain and up and down hills puts strain on bits of your body that you don’t use often. This section give some tips on training and preparing you feet for long walks.

Foot Facts

Each foot and ankle may contain: 26 bones (One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet.); 33 joints; more than 100 muscles, tendons (fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones), and ligaments (fibrous tissues that connect bones to other bones); and a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. These structures work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility.

Foot Blisters

imageBlisters are probably the most common problem foot problem walkers suffer from when bushwalking. Usually blisters are caused by excess heat and moisture or due to friction between foot and boot also know as the coefficient of friction (COF). To prevent blisters you need to reduce shear, moisture and heat.

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FAQ

Here are a few problems we get asked about every day..

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