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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Planning a Fall Hike | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

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

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Planning a Fall Hike
 

Here in Monmouth County the leaves are turning and that draws many of our patients at Central Jersey Ankle and Foot Care Specialists to local hiking trails. Hiking is a beautiful way to take in the fall scenery and also get some exercise. It can, however, lead to foot and ankle injuries if you fail to take the proper precautions.

It’s All About the Boots—like any sports activity, having the right footwear is essential. You wouldn’t play tennis in hiking boots and you shouldn’t hike in tennis sneakers! A good pair of hiking boots should be well-insulated and have a steel or graphite shank, as well as a gripping tread. If you need ankle support, look for a high-top version. Replace hiking boots when they are worn out.

Match the Trail to Your Ability—if you are going on a new trail, preview it ahead of time and make sure the length and difficulty of the terrain is in line with your fitness level. If you are not active regularly, start slowly and be sure to stretch before and after you hike.

Sock Savvy—although sock choice is not usually related to injury, the right socks can provide padding and reduce the risk of blisters. Choose synthetic material that wicks moisture away from your feet. Keeping feet dry can help prevent athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. If you need additional warmth or a snugger fit in your boots, wear a second pair of wool socks.

Be Prepared—pack these items in your backpack: moleskin (in case you feel a blister forming), a small first aid kit and an elastic bandage to use to help immobilize the foot if a twisting injury occurs.

Don’t Ignore Foot Pain—of course any strenuous exercise can leave you feeling sore afterwards, but don’t delay getting foot or ankle pain evaluated after hiking. If you are in pain, you see swelling or bruising on your foot or ankle or it’s difficult to bear weight on one of your feet, contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment by calling: 732-566-2841. Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will examine your foot or ankle and determine if an injury has occurred.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Planning a Fall Hike, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen