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Hiking and Foot Pain

If you are a hiker, you probably relish in the fresh air and exercise hiking gives you. However, as with any other athletic pursuit, hiking can cause injury or discomfort to the feet. If feet are not well-soled, well-rested, or stretched and strengthened for hiking participation, foot problems can easily arise. Foot pain after hiking is typically symptomatic of a foot injury. Repetitive stress on the feet or carrying a heavy backpack while hiking can cause such injuries. Common hiking foot injuries include capsulitis or inflammation of tissues surrounding a joint. This often happens around the ball of the foot and can lead to pain and swelling. This can also affect just one toe, and if left unattended, can lead to hammertoe. Pain might alternatively be centered in the heel area and cause a heel spur and/or plantar fasciitis. If you hike for exercise or pleasure, make sure you wear well-fitted shoes for the activity, stretching and strengthening foot exercises prior to exercising, and rest between hikes. If foot pain persists, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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