Common Foot Injuries On A Camping Trip
When it comes to taking the edge off, there is nothing better than camping. Taking time off the city life which entails noise and traffic is what I always embrace with camping. I have always liked the outdoor space with spectacular landscapes. The peace and quiet and not to forget the thrill of adventure and hiking during my camping trips is an experience to remember. Every new camping trip comes with its incredible experience.
There are however downsides to this fascinating practices. I often encounter hindrances that include injuries on my feet, back pain and knee pain. During camping, I get frost bites and sometimes skin rashes caused by plants and insects. I always prepare for cases of snake and mosquito bites. It is the jungle, you can never be sure of anything. Fellow campers will agree that these injuries do not outdo the overwhelming experience encountered during these camping trips.
Hilly terrains are often notorious for outrageous injuries. The rocky landscape although magnificent requires a keen mind while tackling it. In visiting such areas, I always carry enough medical tape and bandages to attend to such ailments.
Foot Injury In Camping
Regardless of the location, foot injury is a common phenomenon during hiking. As much experience as I have during my camping periods, it is almost impossible to avoid such injuries. Here are some of the foot injuries I have encountered in my years of adventure.
#1. Ankle Sprains
Hiking on a hilly terrain is a risk every thrill seeker is willing to take. I like the mountainous region because I get to face new obstacles with every step. Tackling such hindrances renews my energy to continue achieving greater heights not only during camping trips but also in my professional life. The mountainous landscapes are however notorious to cause ankle sprains. They are caused when the foot rolls outside unexpectedly while the ankle moves inside. It is one of the most painful injuries I have experienced. They are painful ailments which limit movements and the ability to wear boots.
How do you treat ankle sprains? Well, the only way to properly treat the ailment on a camping trip is to rest. Since I carry bandages on every tour, I wrap them on the harmed ankle for a few days to reduce the swelling. After a long day walking, lifting the ankle above my chest level always helps to reduce the bruising.
#2. Arch Injuries
The Arch is the part of feet that dictates movement of the entire leg. I call any arch injury a mood killer because it paralyses any movement especially on a hilly terrain. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the common arch injuries. The injury derives its name from the plantar fascia of our feet that run from the heel to the base of the toes. My friends encountered this injury when jumping from level to another on a hilly landscape. We had to camp on that specific spot for days before we were able to proceed with our expedition.
Some stretching exercises on the injured foot improved the pain as well as some pain killers. We added dry ice on the affected area, and it gradually improved.
#3. Turf toe
On my first expedition, I got a turf toe while tackling a steep terrain walking down slope. The fear of toppling down the mountainous region forced me to break constantly while applying pressure on my toes. The effect of this pressure caused a serious sprain on the toe known as turf toe. I hadn’t noticed the extent of the injury until I rested and moved my toes. The pain was unbearable and it came with a swelling toe.
To reduce the pain and swelling, our team had to set camp before we could cover the remaining distance downhill. I restricted movement of the toe by taping it in place. For the rest of the trip, I acquired trekking poles to help prevent my body weight and gravity from harming the injured toe.
Boots are the recommended attire for camping as they are the most protective. They however cause mayhem to the hiker’s feet. Almost every regular hiker has experienced the dreadful blisters. Most of my hiking and camping expeditions take days and requires greater distances to be covered daily. I however noticed that on flat grounds, the occurrence of blisters in many hikers is rampant as opposed to that in mountainous terrains. They are uncomfortable and unbearable ailments of the feet which limit movements.
After suffering from blisters for long in my camping trips, I have become a master of reducing their occurrences. The most important factor is getting the right shoe size. Boots that do not fit properly allow for moisture in the feet which provide an environment for blisters. It is also vital to air my feet and socks after a long day walking under the sun. Regardless of the quality of the shoes, I regularly change them because some terrains are very rough to sustain the final shape of the shoes. Believe me!
Remedies For Foot Injuries
As much as you can get ready for a camping trip, your feet require the most attention before embarking on the tour. Without healthy feet, you may as well say goodbye to adventure. Before every trip, here are some of the activities I deem necessary.
#1. Proper Shoes
Shoes are a way of preventing injuries. Wearing the wrong shoes during camping can get you unnecessary injuries like Morton’s Neuroma or metatarsalgia. Choose shoes which fit you and provide a soft landing.
The most important item to prevent foot injuries is the type, size and quality of shoes. Some people have different soles like flat feet. It is vital to know your feet so that you can get orthopedic shoes if necessary. Shoes that are ridiculous for camping include flip flops, sandals, open shoes and heeled shoes. Remember that you need to protect your feet, not to expose them.
No one has won any marathon by waking-up and going to the field. Everyone requires some exercises before embarking on a physical activity. In camping it is essential to stretch my heels and ankles. I also go for jogs regularly to keep fit and exercise the muscles.
#3. Shoe pads
Protect your soles and heels by getting appropriate sole pads. I regularly change my shoe pads because they wear out due to pressure. Shoe pads act as shock absorbers for your feet especially in rough terrains.
My camping experiences continue to educate me on different issues encountered on a daily basis. I would have not known of possible foot injuries that occur on a camping trip and how to care for them. You can say that I am a pro. Join the adventurous expedition but first, take note of your feet.
About the Author
Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me. I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!