Make sure your boots are comfortable and well-worn in. We also recommend you bring three (3) pair of trekking socks – one to wear; one to have hanging off your backpack to get dry; and one bone dry pair in your pack for the evening.
Socks are extremely important - a good natural/breathable fabric that will not retain too much heat, such as cotton/wool mix, is recommended. Look for socks with ‘Coolmax’ technology.
Plan to look after your feet. Each night you will have the opportunity to thoroughly wash your feet with Dettol antiseptic soap. You should then dry them and apply a liberal covering of anti-fungal foot powder. Next morning we recommend you apply Tea Tree Oil to your feet and Bepanthen antiseptic cream if your boots and socks are wet.
If you get mud in your boots it is likely that bacteria will stay in your socks and the inner sole of your boot. In this circumstance it is a good idea to wash your socks and the inner of your boots with Dettol antiseptic soap at the end of the day.
Blisters should not be a problem if you have a good pair of trekking boots that fit your feet properly. Nevertheless it is a wise precaution to have a blister kit with you. Dr Scholl kits are recommended.
Know your feet! Get to know where your feet are prone to blisters. Cover these areas with strapping tape before the event. Prevention is much better than treating blisters afterwards.
Clip your toenails. Short toenails help prevent pressure and bruising.
Wartime journalist Osmar White – author of Green Armour – wrote that he spent 20 minutes pampering his feet at the end of each day during the Kokoda campaign!
We recommend – from personal experience – that you commit to the same discipline – ‘fungal foot’ is not a pleasant condition!