For some types of foot problems you need a medical mechanic. To see, take the following quiz.
|Does you big toenail become ingrown easily?|
|Do you get a blister in the same spot every trip?|
|Do you have heel pain every morning, at home or on the trail?|
|Do your arches ache on longer hikes?|
|Do you routinely twist or sprain your ankles?|
If you responded “yes” to any of the above, then you’re due for a visit to the podiatrist. “In fact, any type of recurring or prolonged foot pain that impedes your ability to enjoy a hike is a signal to call a doctor,” say Dr. Preston Goforth of the Scott and White Clinic. To find a podiatrist near you, contact: American Podiatric Medical Association, (800) 366-8227; www.apma.org.