Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker Podiatry Advice Evening Notes
Preparing your feet for Oxfam Trailwalker
- Cut toenails neat and short. Long toenails will catch on the inside of your shoes over the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker.
- See a Podiatrist one – two weeks before Oxfam Trailwalker to have corns and calluses reduced. Do leave it to the last minute!
- Make sure that your shoes fit well by having them professionally fitted.
- Tape bony prominence and areas that you know are prone to blistering with hyperfix (hypoallergenic tape) tape and sports strapping tape.
- Cover blisters with foam or silicone dressing.
- Comfeel Dressing is a silicon dressing you can purchase from most pharmacies that comes in large sheets and is useful for blisters.
- Hand Sanitiser
- Alcohol wipes
- Scalpel Blade or sterile pin
- Foam (Melolin) or silicon dressing (Comfeel or Allevyn Thin)
- Hypafix tape or Fixomull
- Sports tape
Each member of your team should be able to perform a simple ankle strapping if required during Oxfam Trailwalker.
This video will show you an ankle strapping technique that you can perform during Oxfam Trailwalker on a team member who may have had a minor lateral (outside) ankle sprain. This will assist your team member in reaching the next checkpoint (don’t forget you will also need a set of hiking poles). It is highly recommend if you sprain your ankle during Oxfam Trailwalker that you seek medical attention as a bad ankle sprain can result in broken bones.