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Essential Foot Care Tips for Nordic Walking

 As the days lengthen and the weather transitions from the fresh vibrancy of spring to the warm embrace of summer, many of us are keen to enjoy extended Nordic walks amidst the blooming landscapes. However, before you lace up your shoes and hit the trails, it's essential to prioritise foot care to avoid those pesky blisters and ensure a comfortable experience. Here are some vital tips to keep your feet happy and healthy during your walks:


  • Choose the Right Footwear

Selecting the right footwear is foundational to good foot care. Invest in well-fitting Nordic walking shoes that offer robust support for your adventures. Equally important are the socks you choose. Opt for moisture-wicking socks as they help keep feet dry and reduce the risk of blisters. Avoid cotton socks, as they retain moisture and can increase friction, which is not what you want on a lovely day's walk.


  • Break Them In

Please resist the temptation to debut new shoes directly on a long trail. Instead, gently break them in by wearing them around the house or on short walks. This approach allows your feet to adapt to the new shoes, minimising the risk of rubbing and blisters during longer walks, making your outings as enjoyable as they should be.


  • Proper Technique

Employing the proper Nordic walking technique is crucial for reducing pressure on your feet. Concentrate on rolling through each step from heel to toe and avoid dragging your feet. This not only improves your walking efficiency but also prevents unnecessary stress on any part of your foot, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable walk. Please ask your instructor for help with this.


  • Listen to Your Feet

Stay attentive to your feet's needs. If you begin to feel any discomfort, address it immediately—adjust your socks, tighten, or loosen your laces and carry blister plasters just in case. Taking care of issues at the first sign of discomfort can prevent minor issues from escalating into painful blisters. We are always happy to stop and let our walkers adjust their shoes!


  • Keep Them Dry

Keeping your feet dry is key to preventing blisters, particularly on longer walks. Moisture creates a perfect environment for blister formation. If your socks become wet from sweat or external water, change them promptly. Bringing an extra pair of socks for longer walks is a thoughtful strategy to ensure that nothing dampens your spirits.

By adhering to these caring foot care tips, including a focus on high-quality shoes and socks, you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy beautiful Cornish walks throughout spring and summer without suffering from foot discomfort. Happy walking!

For advice on the best footwear for your specific needs, don't hesitate to ask your instructor. They can provide tailored recommendations to help you make the most of your Nordic walking experience.

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