I don’t think we’ll discover anything if we tell you that your feet suffer a lot on this route. For this reason, we have made a special effort so that you will know the best advice when buying antiampoline socks for the Way of Saint James.
A normal sock does not meet the special needs that arise on routes where the walking distance is so great. For example, the entire French Way is more than 700 kilometres long. Protecting your feet will be our top priority if you want a comfortable experience.
In addition, blisters are the most common injury that occurs and one of the most annoying. Making the right choice is therefore vital.
Anti-ampoline socks are not magical.
One of the problems with marketing is that it undoubtedly exaggerates the goodness of what is sold. In fact, the name itself (anti-blister) may give the false impression that this type of socks will prevent the appearance of this kind of injury, which is false.
A sock is not a piece with much room for manoeuvre, so no miracles can be expected from them. The socks antiampollas what they look for is that it is more difficult that they leave us blisters, but this does not mean that they are not going to leave us. They’ll come out less, that’s for sure, but they don’t work magic. Remember that. I’m sure you’ll also be interested: Which is the best footwear to make the way to Santiago?
For this reason, we must not neglect the prevention tasks which, as a rule, are the same as those applied to slippers. The basic rule and fundamental pillar of footwear care is that you never wear footwear for the first time. New footwear is the easiest way to turn a pleasure trip into a real torture. Another basic recommendation, in addition to the oxygenation of the foot, is not to overextend our feet.
It makes no sense that in a stage of more than 20 kilometers (in which we are not competing with anyone) we do not take breaks. The breaks are not only good on a psychological level but also have a special dimension on the physical plane.
Other foot care tips
Although this article focuses on anti-ampoline socks, we should not neglect other foot care, particularly when it comes to preventing sprains. Perhaps this is the advice we have repeated the most in the blog, but it is really necessary. Be very careful on the descents, don’t be careless, don’t run down, as this is the stretch in which more sprains occur.
No doubt, another good advice is the use of Vaseline on the feet in order to avoid chafing. Remember, unlike a bike wheel, your feet can’t change. Therefore, if you suffer any kind of injury or bruise you will be condemning your experience. If it’s light you’ll be uncomfortable all the way, if it’s serious, directly, you won’t even be able to continue.
Believe me when I tell you that this is very angry, especially because deep down you know that with a minimum of care could have avoided the injury.
The material and design of socks
Obviously, and in spite of the small margin of maneuver, the socks present different characteristics that make them more suitable for one type of route or another. On the Camino the best thing is to bet on resistant socks, as the distance to be covered is going to be long. In fact, most pilgrims bet on socks in which the toe and heel are reinforced (they are the parts that wear faster). The rubbing of the foot with the shoe or with the boot is not recommended at all.
The sock must also be breathable. This obeys a very logical rule and is that the sweat on the feet is not to say a great companion. First of all, because it’s an annoying feeling. Secondly, because sweat makes our feet cold in winter and hot in summer.
As far as weaving is concerned, it is best to opt for brands specialising in long mountain routes. The Coolmax fabric is generally recommended. However, it’s best to have an expert advise you to assess from your experience what’s best for you.
Finally, remember to avoid socks with seams, as they are the main cause of unnecessary chafing and blisters and could have been avoided by choosing another type of socks.
The last piece of advice
Don’t wear new shoes. It may seem like we’re going too far, but it’s really very important. So when you buy your new socks, wear them sooner so that they adapt better to the peculiarities of your foot.
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