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Common Hiking Injuries and Podiatric Solutions

25 Mar Common Hiking Injuries and Podiatric Solutions

Hiking offers a fantastic way to connect with nature and get some exercise. However, uneven terrain and increased activity can quickly lead to painful stumbles of the worst kind.

Below, the team at Alta Ridge Foot Specialists is going to explore some common hiking injuries, their characteristics, and how a podiatrist can help get you back on the trails again in no time. Read on for fitter feet and fewer stumbles!

  1. Blisters:

These fluid-filled bubbles form due to friction against your socks or shoes.

Podiatrists to the Rescue: While minor blisters can be treated with at-home care, like sterile dressings and padding, a podiatrist can address larger or infected blisters to minimize discomfort and prevent further complications.

  1. Sprained Ankles:

A rolled ankle, due to uneven terrain, can stretch or tear ligaments, causing pain, swelling, and instability.

Podiatrists to the Rescue: Podiatrists can diagnose the severity of the sprain, recommend appropriate immobilization with braces or taping, and guide you through physical therapy.

  1. Plantar Fasciitis:

This inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting your heel to your toes, results in stabbing heel pain, particularly in the mornings.

Podiatrists to the Rescue: A podiatrist can identify the root cause of the inflammation and create a personalized treatment plan involving orthotics, stretching exercises, and powerful shockwave therapy methods.

  1. Achilles Tendonitis:

Overuse can irritate the Achilles tendon, causing pain and stiffness at the back of your heel, which is especially noticeable when starting an activity.

Podiatrists to the Rescue: Through physical therapy modalities like ultrasound and stretching exercises, a podiatrist can help reduce inflammation and strengthen the tendon.

  1. Stress Fractures:

Repetitive stress from long hikes on hard surfaces can cause small cracks in the bones of your foot or ankle.

Podiatrists to the Rescue: A podiatrist can use X-rays to diagnose stress fractures and recommend proper immobilization with walking boots or casts, followed by physical therapy to regain bone strength and prevent future fractures.

At Alta Ridge Foot Specialists, Dr. W. Aaron BroylesDr. Robert L. Van BrederodeDr. Thomas Verla, and the rest of our staff at our Mars Hill, Spruce Pine, and Boone, NC, offices are here to help with any of your foot concerns. Contact us at one of our three locations today to make an appointment.