Tips for pilgrims: taking care of our feet

Doing the Camino de Santiago on foot is a challenge not only for pilgrims but also, as can be deduced from the phrase itself, for your feet. Nothing that can not be avoided by being a little cautious and paying attention to the following tips:

* Podiatric problems: if you are a person with a tendency to suffer sprains and strains or if you have some kind of malformation in the foot, it would be advisable to visit the podiatrist before starting our tour to Santiago de Compostela. Remember that you will have to walk an average of 12 to 20 km/day depending on the type of Camino you choose.

* Do not wear new shoes for the Camino: it is very important to be used to the boots or shoes that we will use to walk during our tour. Unused footwear is too stiff and can cause chafing and blisters.

* The ideal shoe: we must take into account the time of the year. In autumn/winter the most advisable are light trekking boots but with resistant soles and good breathability to prevent the foot from sweating excessively. For spring/summer the best are low trekking shoes.

It is not recommended to wear conventional sports shoes as they are not adapted to the irregularities of the terrain: gravel, mud or asphalt.

Similarly, it is essential to choose the right size. If the shoe is too big, it will create friction and cause chafing or blisters. If it is too small, it can cause subungual hematomas, wounds or calluses.

* Socks: they should also be your size, well-fitting and, if possible, seamless.

* Foot hygiene: you should always keep your feet cool, as perspiration can cause sores. However, avoid prolonged showers with hot water before starting to walk as the skin becomes wrinkled and more prone to blisters. The ideal is to wash them carefully at the end of each stage and if possible, soak them in a little water with soothing salts to reduce the feeling of fatigue. In the case of swollen feet, rosemary alcohol is quite effective due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

* Moisturizing: keeping the skin well moisturized is the best way to avoid the appearance of blisters, cracks or hard skin that bothers us so much when walking. After washing your feet with warm water, dry them well and gently massage moisturizing cream on the sole, heel and between the toes. If we notice roughness in a very localized area, we can use an anti-itch patch or a little bit of Vaseline.

* To cure blisters: if the blister has already appeared but it does not hurt when walking, it is best not to touch it and to put a dressing over it so that it does not get infected. If, on the other hand, it is painful, we can drain it by inserting a sterile needle into the base of the blister. Let its contents empty and apply an antibacterial cream such as Betadine and a gauze (there are also special patches that dry them). In any case, never peel off the skin covering the blister because if you do, it will possibly become infected.

Rest! Remember that we offer assistance and support vehicles on all our trails to make you feel safe in case of any inconvenience.

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