How to Prepare your feet for Oxfam Trailwalker
With just over one week until Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker you should be in the final stages of preparing your feet for the 100Km journey they will be carrying you on.
By now you should have:
- Been professionally fitted in the most appropriate shoe for your foot type and shape. You will have ideally done several long training walks of 25+Km in your chosen shoes.
- Purchased and tested out several pairs of appropriate hiking socks that you can change throughout Oxfam Trailwalker. I prefer to wear a thick sock that has extra padding material at the toes and around the heel. I would also recommend that you choose socks which wicks perspiration away to help keep your feet dry rather than damp and sweaty.
- Know your feet’s hot spots for forming blisters. Wearing appropriately fitted footwear, good quality socks and controlling excessive moisture all help in preventing blisters however blisters can still occur during a 100Km event like Oxfam Trailwalker. The key is to be prepared for blisters. There will be Podiatrists to assist you at some of the checkpoints on the trail but ideally you should be able to deal with minor blisters yourself.
- See my note from the Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker Podiatry Advice evening on blister prevention, and what to pack to deal with blisters by clicking here. If you would like more information about blisters also check out www.blisterprevention.com.au
What you should be doing in the final days before Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker
- Be sensible with your footwear the week before the event. You do not want to be starting the event with a blister on your foot from wearing a pair of high heels at work the day before.
- See a Podiatrist to remove any excessive areas of calluses but let the Podiatrist know that you will be partaking in Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker so that they do not remove too much of the callus. Calluses are the skins way of protecting itself from areas of high pressure and friction. However if calluses are left too thick they are likely to become uncomfortable and form deep blisters underneath them during Oxfam Trailwalker.
- Apply a moisturising foot and heel balm to feet each night before bed in the week leading up to the event.
- Trim toenails so they are short and neat. You do not want to have long toenails catching on your socks and the inside of your shoes during a 100Km walk as they will quickly become irritated. If you leave your toenails long they are likely to become bruised and even potentially fall off.
- Relax and get plenty of good quality sleep so you feel refreshed and have fresh legs for the event.
I hope everyone has a successful Oxfam Trailwalker and they achieve their own personal goals. Remember not to lose sight of the great cause that is Oxfam as it will help get you through the tough times. See you at the finish line. Jason Dunn Perform Podiatry