Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker Podiatry Advice Evening Notes

by | Feb 1, 2016 | Oxfam Trailwalkers

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.

Blister Packs

  • Gloves
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Scalpel Blade or sterile pin
  • Antiseptic
  • Foam (Melolin) or silicon dressing (Comfeel or Allevyn Thin)
  • Hypafix tape or Fixomull
  • Sports tape

Ankle Sprains

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.