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Dr. Christopher J. Mullin's Philosophy of Care

At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we are devoted to providing each patient with the utmost courtesy, compassion, efficiency and proficiency while affording optimum leading edge podiatric care.

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

Choose the Right Hiking Boots for You

Fall is a great time to get out and take a hike to enjoy Mother Nature’s color show. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care we believe that the most important equipment for hiking is your boots. The right hiking boots can protect your feet and prevent foot pain and injury.

Below are some tips for choosing the best boots for your feet.

Know your terrain. There are many different types of hiking boots on the market. A multi-day trek backpacking through the mountains will require different boots from a short day hike at a local park. When buying new hiking boots it’s best to go to a store that specializes in outdoor gear and get an expert opinion on the type of boots that are best suited for the type of hiking  you plan to do.

Accommodate your feet. If you have a known foot disorder such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis or a bunion, meet with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel and ask for recommendations for boot designs that will avoid putting pressure on painful areas or make a foot condition worse. For some foot conditions, the foot doctor may recommend a custom orthotic to wear inside your hiking boots.

Choose socks first. Socks for hikers have become quite specialized. They come in varying thicknesses which can significantly affect the fit of your hiking boots. Once you have chosen your socks, wear them when trying on hiking boots.

Avoid narrow toe boxes. Hiking boots that squeeze your toes together are an open invitation to pain, blisters, corns and even toe deformities such as hammertoes. If the toe box of your hiking boot feels cramped in the store it will not improve on the trail!

Pick for padding. In addition to proper fit, adequate padding is necessary for comfort. Ample padding on the tongue, sole and ankle will minimize chafing, keep your foot and ankle stable and soften the effect of the shoe on your skin when climbing.

If you have more questions about choosing the right boots for your feet or you find you are experiencing discomfort after a hike, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841.

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