The miracle of feet and why we should respect them. As far as the feet carry.André Schmitt
When our feet are healthy, they give us support and stability and ensure that we don’t lose our footing. They take on a huge burden every day. It is a tool that we mind. 5000 to 6000 times a day without giving it much thought. Ideally, our feet carry us for our entire lives, walking an average of about 40,000 kilometers – once around the world.
A back-breaking job, the whole thing, but our feet are well equipped for it. After all, our feet carry a quarter of all our bones, 26 per foot to be exact, plus 32 muscles, 107 ligaments and around 1700 nerve endings. A fascinating interplay of filigree individual parts that usually works so well that we don’t even pay any attention to it.
Until a foot does draw attention to itself. In its own way – through pain.
Every second German now suffers from his feet or their malpositions.
99% of people are born with healthy feet. The problem is often wrong footwear.
However, everyone can do something for their own foot health.
A watchful eye is required when choosing shoes, the right shoes must fit in length and width and must not constrict at any point. Especially sports shoes often support too much, so muscles can atrophy. Avoid high heels as they cause long-term damage, shortening of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon are the consequences.
With regard to the preparation for marches, the care of the feet is also of special importance. In addition to choosing the right footwear and the necessary acclimatization marches, the feet also need rest.
Barefoot running is also part of the preparatory marching training. Walking barefoot through nature strengthens the feet and protects against painful deformities.
In the rest of everyday life it makes sense to wear footwear that gives the feet enough space and supports the complex biomechanics of the feet but does not eliminate them.
Daily foot exercises with stretching, massage and toe muscle training are worthwhile. This can alleviate many problems. Stretching the calf muscles can also help. Foot baths, ointments and acupressure help the feet to relax.
When it comes to trekking, choosing the right socks is just as important as choosing the right shoes. A good trekking sock provides comfort and protection against blistering, friction and moisture. In this section we will describe the characteristics of the ideal trekking socks.
- Material: The ideal trekking sock is made of a breathable and moisture-wicking material such as merino wool or synthetic material such as polyester. These materials ensure that your feet stay dry and reduce the risk of blisters.
3. fit: good fit is crucial to avoid friction. Make sure the sock is snug, but not too snug to affect circulation.
4. reinforcements: Reinforcements in the heel and toe areas provide additional protection and reduce the risk of blisters.
5. seamless construction: socks without seams prevent friction and provide extra comfort.
6. height: The height of the sock depends on your personal preference and the type of trekking. Ankle-high socks offer more breathability, while knee-high socks provide additional protection.
Overall, the ideal trekking socks are breathable, moisture-wicking, snug-fitting and provide extra protection and comfort. By paying attention to these features, you can enhance your trekking experience while protecting your feet from blisters and other injuries.
You see how with a few small measures you can make the marches a passion without hurting yourself greatly.