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Preventing "heat rash" around ankles and shins?

This sounds like exercise induced Vasculitis. This is tiny blood vessels which break due to heat & restriction due to socks & friction. Also known as a golfers rash. It tends to happen more ...
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Using liniment / heat rub to warm up feet

Depending on how cold the rest of you has got, warming the extremities by increasing blood flow to them may be a bad idea. They're probably numb in the first place because your body prioritises ...
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Adapting feet to the cold?

Try wearing a pair of wool socks inside your footwear. I used to hike and canoe in MEC reef boots -- basically a neoprene boot with a rubber sole. I would wear a thin pair of polypro socks and a ...
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How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes

I have routinely done week hikes with sufficient creek crossings that we didn't even try to keep dry feet. (Coral Creek has 22 crossings in 3 miles. Most of the trails in the area have at least a ...
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How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?

I used to have the most tender feet. However, I've found that by simply going barefoot year around is the best way to harden them. I live on a ranch in Texas, so I go barefoot whenever possible. Of ...
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Adapting feet to the cold?

You can definitely train cold resistance, yes. It’s mostly a case of continuous practice. But in your case you might find it much simpler to just move your feet more. It’s very easy to shuffle about a ...
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Preventing "heat rash" around ankles and shins?

Have you considered just not wearing socks? There are lots of proper hiking sandals for sale if you walk a lot, and you could even wear some light washable shoes without socks too once you’re used to ...
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How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?

To walk barefoot on gravel, relax and spread your foot out as wide as it will go for each step, don't tense up and try to walk on the balls of your feet. Been barefoot since the last century.
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How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?

Walk barefoot a lot. Rub your feet with alcohol. Use the 99% stuff, not the 70%. Soak your feet in brine. On hot surfaces it's cooler to run. When you walk, each foot is on the ground more ...
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How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?

I live in San Diego and this past summer I've walked barefoot at home almost 100%. Meaning when the Asphalt in front of my house was 135°F, I'd purposely stand on it to toughen the feet up. I also ...
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