Preventing foot problems

No matter how hard you’ve trained and set your mind on the glorious entry along Via Gladiola and that coveted cross, if you have problems with your feet, you can forget finishing the event. So how do you make sure you don’t have problems? We asked Peter Kempers, foot expert at Sidas, for some tips.

Preventing foot problems

No matter how hard you’ve trained and set your mind on the glorious entry along Via Gladiola and that coveted cross, if you have problems with your feet, you can forget finishing the event. So how do you make sure you don’t have problems? We asked Peter Kempers, foot expert at Sidas, for some tips.

'Put flip flops on after a day’s walking, to air. Your feet will thank you for it.'

‘Good insoles are crucial,’ explains Peter. ‘Most walking shoes have standard insoles, but walking places great demands on your feet, especially on such a long walk as the Four Days Marches. Sidas focuses entirely on insoles and making sure your feet are comfortable, and our insoles are fully adapted to your feet.’


‘But insoles aren’t all we do. Sidas has also put together a footcare kit, especially for walkers. Actually, every walker should have one of these as standard. The kit is intended for preventive purposes — you don’t want to use it if you can help it, but it lets you take action as soon you start to feel “something”. You can stick a plaster on irritated skin, for instance. That will usually stop the irritated patch turning into a blister, which would otherwise be a nuisance for a couple of weeks. The point is that you don’t know whether or not you’re going to get blisters before you start the walk. The weather, in particular, is a key factor, so you’re better off being prepared.’


‘As well as plasters, the kit contains anti-friction cream, recovery gel and various gel caps and wraps that you can use to create space between your toes and therefore minimise friction. We’re not too keen on preventive taping, as that makes your skin soft. When you pull the tape off at the end of the day, there’s a good chance you’ll break the skin, and that can of course have major consequences.’


Since Peter is a foot expert, can he give our walkers another tip? ‘Blisters are caused by friction. I always advise people to put flip flops on after a day’s walking, so as to air their feet. Your feet will thank you for it.’

Protect your feet with the Sidas Footcare kit

The Sidas Footcare kit protects and takes care of your feet during your daily march. The products in the kit lower the chance of blisters, reduce damage of toenails and friction between your toes.


The kit contains: anti friction cream (15 ml), recovery gel (15 ml), 2 gel toe caps, 4 gel toe wraps, 5 foot protectors, 4 toe protectors.


You can buy the kit at the Lowa stand on De Wedren during the Four Days Marches.

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