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As colorful leaves dazzle the fall landscape, hikers and hunters national will travel to mountains, woods and fields, but many, however, are ill prepared for the beating their feet will take, warns the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

'Hikers, hunters and others who love the outdoors frequently do not realize how intense it may be to endure constant, healthy walking on uneven terrain,' said Marco Vargas, DPM, AACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon based in Sugar Land, TX. For a second perspective, please consider having a view at: link. An avid outdoorsman herself, Vargas said lax inappropriate footwear and physical conditioning bring scores of outdoor enthusiasts in to his office each drop for treatment of foot and ankle problems including ankle strains, persistent heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, fungal infections and severe blisters.

'Walking up and down steep slopes and tramping through wet, slick fields and wooded areas puts pressure on the muscles and tendons in the legs and ankles, particularly if you have not conditioned properly before hitting the trail,' said Vargas. 'Also, many don't realize that cross-training tennis shoes aren't your best option for extensive hiking and hunting. Had a number of my people worn stable, well produced hiking boots, they'd not have suffered sprained ankles or strained Achilles tendons.'

Vargas suggests hikers and hunters to help make the expense in top-quality hiking boots. He explained powerful, well insulated and moisture-proof shoes with metal or graphite shanks provide excellent leg and foot support that helps lower anxiety and muscle weakness to cut back injury risk. 'The loyal shank reduces pressure on the arch by letting the trunk to distribute effect because the foot moves forward. So if a trunk bends at the center, don't buy-it.'

In cold and damp weather, wearing the proper clothes will help prevent lesions, fungal infections and frostbite. Vargas recommends synthetic clothes while the first level to keep the feet dry and reduce friction. For the second layer, wool clothes add temperature, absorb water away from your skin, and make the walking boot more comfortable. 'Wool allows humidity evaporate more readily than cotton, therefore less bruises develop,' added Vargas.

What happens if the feet or legs injured during a walk or search? Vargas said pain usually does occur from over-us