What is it about?

Hiking has become very popular due to the physical and mental health benefits it provides. Skin lesions may occur with hiking and various factors contribute to their development. The results show that some preexisting physical factors of participants such as gender, existing systemic disease, preexisting keratosis, dermatosis, nontraumatic and traumatic onychopathies, and toe deformities significantly predispose to the development of skin lesions. These factors also predispose to muscle lesions except for nontraumatic and traumatic onychopathies and toe deformities

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Why is it important?

Due to the influence of preexisting physical factors, such as preexisting keratosis, dermatosis, and toe deformities, in the development of foot lesions in hikers, it is worthwhile and advisable to check these factors before a hike to reduce the incidence of foot disorders. Ensuring adequate podiatry treatment a few days before the walk and warmup of muscles properly before starting are recommended. Although some lesions may appear to have little importance, something as simple as chaffing can cause serious ulcers in people with at-risk feet.


Writing this article was a great opportunity to share our work in the podiatry field applied to sports activities.

Dr Raquel Mayordomo
Universidad de Extremadura

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This page is a summary of: Importance of Preexisting Physical Factors in the Development of Dermatological and Muscular Lesions During Hiking, The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, May 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1534734619845600.
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