It is very important to pay special attention to our feet if we decide to make the journey, as they will be responsible for taking us to Santiago de Compostela, in this guide we will show you some recommendations to keep them in perfect condition, and how to avoid injuries that hinder the development of the journey.
Choose the right footwear and socks
Obviously, the time in which we are going to make our trip to Santiago will be determinant to choose a good shoe.
Boots: they are the most appropriate for walking in cold and rainy seasons. They will help us to overcome any surface, they will protect us from water, and they will guarantee us a good subjection to the ankle.
Trekking shoes: they are undoubtedly the best for dryer and hotter times, they will not offer the same protection as mountain boots, but one advantage is that they are usually lighter, and on the other hand they will keep our feet much cooler and drier.
Finally we recommend the use of seamless socks, and keep our feet dry to avoid chafing and blisters.
Applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly will moisturize the skin and prevent friction with the footwear produce rubbing or blisters that in the long run can be very annoying. For people who tend to sweat a lot, the most convenient will be talcum powder that will keep the foot dry and free of fungus.
Prevention is better than cure, so it is highly recommended to make a small kit containing everything necessary to heal a possible wound, ointments, needles to suture, gauze, bandages and some antiseptic more will be ideal in case of suffering any injury.
Moisturize your feet
After a long walk, the ideal is to massage the sole of the foot with some moisturizing cream after the bath and relax the area so that the next day we can face the new stage without any problems. It is important not to shower just before going for a walk, as the skin will soften and we will facilitate the appearance of blisters.
What to do with an ampoule
Although doctors do not recommend it, it will be necessary to treat the ampoule if we are halfway through, the ideal is to burst it with a small needle disinfected previously covering the wound with a plaster or gauze afterwards, to avoid infection, you should bear in mind that you should never remove the excess skin, as the only thing we will achieve is to widen the focus of infection.
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