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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Protect Feet on Fall Hikes | 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.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

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

Protect Feet on Fall Hikes
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Protect Feet on Fall Hikes | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Although the leaves have been slow to turn in Monmouth County this fall, we are now heading into peak leaf-peeping season, which means more of our patients at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care will be hitting the hiking trails in our state. Crisp sunny days and a beautiful trail make for a great fitness and fun activity but hiking can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles if you are not properly prepared. Below are some tips to prevent injury and ensure that your hike is comfortable and enjoyable:

  • Start Slow—choose a hike that fits your fitness level. Most hiking injuries are a result of hikers choosing trails that are too strenuous. A sudden increase in intensity and/or duration of exercise can cause Achilles tendonitis, heel pain, stress fractures or ankle sprains. If you have not been very active recently, start with a shorter hike on more even terrain and work up to more challenging trails.
  •  Make Good Shoe Choices—like all sports, hiking has shoes designed specifically for the type of activity you’ll be doing. High-quality hiking boots will have steel or graphite shanks and offer strong ankle support. Boots should also be moisture proof and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry. A serious tread will help reduce slips and twists on uneven surfaces.
  • ·Beat Blisters—in addition to good shoes, wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet and a second pair to add cushioning and warmth. Carry moleskin and bandages in case you feel a blister forming while on the trail.
  • Listen to Your Body—if you hurt, stop and end your hike as quickly as possible. Pushing through the pain usually results in more damage.

 

If you do find yourself experiencing pain, swelling or discomfort after a hike, contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel will be able to provide a prompt diagnosis and the right treatment to get you back to hiking and all the activities you normally enjoy.

 

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Protect Feet on Fall Hikes, 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