They can help you too

Osteoarthritis, heat rash, or a stubborn old injury that gives you trouble now and again—these are all annoyances, and especially for a Four Days Marches participant! You can still make it to that finish line though, with the help of professional medical aids.


They can help you too

Osteoarthritis, heat rash, or a stubborn old injury that gives you trouble now and again—these are all annoyances, and especially for a Four Days Marches participant! You can still make it to that finish line though, with the help of professional medical aids.


They had numerous walkers at their stand in tears last year, not tears of misery but tears of joy: these walkers had managed to complete the Four Days Marches. Nanne Blom, specialist with Bauerfeind, says, ‘Goosebumps: that’s what you got when walkers who, thanks to our bandages and compression aids, did not have to give up the Four Days Marches and came specifically to thank us for our part in that.’ He doesn’t have much to say for the criticism that using medical aids weakens your muscles. Nanne: ‘Thanks to the pain-relieving effect of compression sleeves, the muscles can function normally again, meaning they can be strengthened. In the case of knee cartilage that has worn away, the knee sleeve can reduce the pressure between the lower leg and the thigh, this way relieving pain. Also in the case of damage to the knee ligaments, a knee sleeve can help stabilise the area and, here too, relieve the pain.’

‘Compression aids help prevent heat rash’

Bauerfeind compression aids once again flew off the shelves last year, and that was partly because of the hot weather. Nanne: ‘A lot of walkers were suffering heat rash, irritated red spots that sometimes appear on your calves and shins. Heat rash occurs when sweat glands become blocked, preventing the normal perspiration that also carries away the body’s waste material. In hot weather, the blood vessels swell even more, making it difficult for your body to rid itself of waste material. Compression aids improve venous blood flow, not only speeding up body waste removal, but also preventing excessive lactic acid build-up in the muscles.’

Young and old
It’s not just the older generation who benefit from Bauerfeind medical aids. Nanne: ‘Young and old—we get all ages visiting our stand. We’ve helped 20-year-olds recovering from a sports injury, and 70-somethings recovering from an operation.’


Asked whether he has any other tips on what walkers can do to prevent pain, Nanne says, ‘Absolutely! Train, train, train. When you prepare properly, you get to know how your body will behave and where your sore points are. And then when you start out here in July, you can take the measures you need to by using the appropriate medical aids. After all, you really don’t want to find out that your knee is in bad shape while you’re in the middle of the Four Days Marches, now do you?’

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