MD Podiatrist Discusses Hiking Boots

“When hiking, especially if on uneven terrain, it is possible to experience ankle instability (walking on rocks, tree branches, streams of water, etc.), so added ankle support is essential,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “Hiking boots are recommended for hiking activities, especially for climbing on rocks and uphill.”
Not only should hiking boots be protective and supportive, but they should also have grippy traction to keep you afoot as you climb. You’ll want them to fit comfortably to avoid blisters and provide sufficient cushioning to absorb shock. “Hiking boots should fit snugly in width but not tight,” says Dr. Michaels. If your shoes are too loose, they might blister your feet or let debris in. And if they’re too tight, they might leave you uncomfortable for hours on end.