Check out these tips to help your feet handle the abuse of a long hike (ruck march) on a trail, GORUCK or SEALFIT Kokoro.
The Apache Indians and infamous Tarahumara Indians (barefoot running tribe from Mexico) have used similar methods.
Some advocates claim that the human foot is naturally designed to run bare foot and without modern cushioned shoes.
The goal was to build the skin and muscles of their feet to be ready for anything at anytime.
Take your shoes off when your at home. Walk barefoot and toughen your feet.
Walk on the lawn in front of your house or local park. If you are near a beach or stream with sand and gravel – walk there. Be careful of glass. This method is performing small abrasions on your feet and slowly toughening them. Start with short walks and increase over time.
Jog at the park or beach when walking becomes too easy. Increasing the speed with provide more friction to make the feet tough.
With a cotton ball — dab rubbing alcohol on the soles of your feet. Rubbing alcohol is a drying agent that will harden your skin. Dab soles of feet 3 times weekly.
As your soles thicken — begin to walk barefoot on rougher – harder surfaces such as a sidewalk A rough asphalt road is a great finisher to toughen the feet. Do not do this if asphalt is hot. I just hiked 2 miles on asphalt (in the evening) with a #20 lb ruck to help get my feet in shape for any upcoming endurance event.
“Use Corn Huskers Hand Lotion every day to help heal them and toughen up the skin.”
This is not the first time we have heard that tip. Greg is one of the top strength coaches in the world. You can imagine that weightlifting athletes tear up their skin often using a barbell – so they need to keep their skin in good shape and repaired. Good one.
When you are hiking long distance use a double sock combination like the video shows below.
The Darn Tough socks get great reviews by anyone that uses them.
When you are hiking or running use an anti-chafe cream like Bodyglide Anti-Chafe Balm.
Put it all over your feet, crotch, nipples and under your arms if your doing a really long event.
This will not make your feet tougher but will keep them from getting blistered.
Question: Can you tell me how to improve skin toughness? Check out the tips above.
Question: Do you ever use a product called Tuf Foot? I have heard this product works to toughen skin? Check out reviews for Tuf-Foot product here.
Check it out as it gives a great perspective on how they live, run and how well adapted their feet are.
You need this– Lotrimin AF Antifungal Deodorant Powder.
You dont want to have athletes foot and trying to go out and ruck or a long endurance event.
You want to have your feet healthy and ready for the long event.
Question: Coach, how do I toughen feet for ranger school? Is there some kind of spray I can use? Check out the tips above to toughen your feet.
Question: Can you really use rubbing alcohol on your feet to toughen them up? I dont use that method but you can read about others that do. I walk barefoot in the grass and on a concrete driveway. Then I walk and run in the sand at the beach.