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Advice for Hunters and Hikers

As vibrant colored leaves charm the fall landscape, hikers and hunters nationwide will migrate to hills, woods and fields, but many, unfortunately, are ill-prepared for the beating their feet will get, warns the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

'Hikers, hunters and other people who love the outdoors usually do not know how challenging it may be to endure constant, vigorous walking on uneven terrain,' mentioned Marco Vargas, DPM, AACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon located in Sugar Land, TX. An avid outdoorsman herself, Vargas said lax inappropriate footwear and physical training provide results of outdoor enthusiasts in-to his office each fall for treatment of foot and ankle problems including ankle strains, serious heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, fungal infections and severe bruises.

'Walking up and down steep hillsides and tramping through wet, elusive fields and wooded areas puts pressure on the muscles and tendons in the feet and legs, particularly when you have not trained correctly before striking the trail,' said Vargas. 'Also, many do not understand that cross-training tennis shoes are not your best option for extended hiking and hunting. Had a number of my patients worn stable, well created hiking shoes, they'd not have experienced sprained ankles or strained Achilles tendons.'

Vargas advises hikers and hunters to help make the investment in top-quality hiking boots. He said powerful, well protected and moisture-proof shoes with metal or graphite shanks offer excellent leg and foot support that helps lessen tension and muscle fatigue to cut back injury risk. 'The supportive shank reduces stress on the arc by letting the start to deliver impact whilst the foot goes forward. So if a trunk bends in the middle, do not buy-it.'

In cold and wet weather, wearing the right socks might help avoid fungal infections, lesions and frostbite. Vargas suggests synthetic socks as the first layer to keep the feet dry and reduce friction. For the second level, wool socks increase heat, absorb moisture away from the skin, and help to make the walking boot more comfortable. Get additional resources about Forum by navigating to our splendid portfolio. 'Wool allows humidity evaporate more easily than cotton, so less blisters develop,' added Vargas. Learn new information on this related website - Click here: IAMSport.

What happens if your feet or ankles hurt during a rise or hunt? Vargas said pain usually occurs from over-use, also from just walking. 'If you're not accustomed to walking o-n steep or uneven ground, your legs and feet will get tired and trigger muscles and tendons to ache,' he explained. 'To prevent a significant injury, like a serious ankle sprain or an Achilles tendon rupture, sleep for awhile in the event that you start hurting.'

Based on the ACFAS consumer website,, pain is really a danger sign that something is wrong. Discover further on a partner article directory - Click here: click here for. This fine intangible site has a pile of dynamite tips for where to do it. 'Serious injury danger escalates significantly in the event that you continue walking in pain,' Vargas said. He likened walking to skiing in until they become better conditioned and well informed that newcomers should undertake less difficult tracks.

Vargas also advises visiting a foot and ankle surgeon if you have prolonged foot or ankle pain following a hiking or hunting outing. 'I am most concerned about ankle instability and strained Achilles tendons. Inattention to these dilemmas at their first stages can lead to a serious injury which will keep you off the paths for-a long time,' Vargas said.

Hikers and hunters seeking more info about Achilles tendon accidents, ankle sprains and other foot and ankle problems, or buying foot and ankle surgeon, can visit

Marco A. Vargas DPM

Foot & Ankle Associates

Board-certified in Podiatric Surgery

17510 T Grand Parkway South

Package 530

Sugar Land, TX 77479

(281) 313-0090

(281) 232-7918 Fax.

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