Leaves are changing color. Temperature is dropping. Summer activities are coming to an end. Fall is here and with it comes the perfect weather for hiking! Hiking outdoors is a great physical activity for people of all ages to get outdoors, explore new trails and stay healthy. Hiking offers a variety of health benefits from reducing your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and type II diabetes. It is also a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends whether going out for a day trip or a camping weekend
As with many physical activities, hiking can lead to achy joints and sore muscles / ligaments. Bauerfeind wants to keep you active and relieve your pain by offering supports, braces and compression both medically and sports focused depending on your needs for support and comfort.
Knees are among the most common area of the body to suffer pain and injury. A durable and supportive knee support is essential while hiking if you experience knee pain, irritations, weakness or arthritis. You don’t want to get a mile or more down a hiking trail and start experiencing knee pain! Bauerfeind’s GenuTrain Knee Support is our premium knee brace backed by the Arthritis Foundation and is the perfect support to keep your knee supported and blood circulating while on a hike. The Bauerfeind GenuTrain allows you to be comfortable, and active. It features a soft knit fabric that is supportive yet stretchy. The medical grade compression that our supports and braces are knitted with provides stability and allows blood flow through your legs and muscles for recovery without limiting mobility.
No matter where you go hiking you are bound to encounter uneven surfaces on your trails from rocks, mud, stairs, roots and more. Your ankles will be put under quite a bit of stress on these trails and if you are susceptible to ankle instability, or want to be preventative of any ankle injuries you should make sure they are properly supported! You should support your ankles by wearing high-top hiking boots and making sure they are laced up tight, yet comfortably. For additional support or if you have experienced ankle pain or injuries in the past you can supplement high top boots with ankle supports.
The MalleoTrain ankle support reinforces the stability and strength of your ankle joint. With a special knit fabric that fits the natural shape of your ankle, the MalleoTrain brace delivers medical grade compression without hurting pressure points. It stabilizes the ankle and ligaments and improves circulation. With every movement you make, two soft pads become active, massaging the ankle joint. Cushioned pads support the inner and outer ankle bones to reduce swelling and provide even more stability. MalleoTrain supports are easy to put on, do not slip, and sit firmly and comfortably in position.
One final body part that you must rely on when out on a hike are your feet, and more importantly your arches. Foot aches, blisters and discomfort can truly hurt the enjoyment of your hike and take away from your ability to enjoy the great outdoors. With all the steps you will be taking it is important to make sure your shoes are outfitted with the proper support and insoles that are built your specific activities. The typical insole within your shoe or hiking boot especially are not designed to provide extra support to your arches and heel. Bauerfeind offers a range of athletic insoles to help make sure your feet and body are aligned before hitting the trails.
Go further! Even when the path is long and rocky: you can master it with our new Outdoor Performance Compression Socks! Our compression socks for hiking are a powerful companion for your next adventure, and they will offer support even on the steepest trails. The hiking socks provide for added energy during hikes on any terrain, thanks to their special compression zones. The compression profile reduces muscle vibrations and muscle fatigue is delayed to allow for longer-lasting performance during extended excursions. The “Infinity Zone” functional zone on the foot and ankle supports the foot arches and offers safety with each step and on any surface. The “Relief Sole”, “Instep Comfort” and “Heel Protection” comfort zones are gentle on the sole and reduce the pressure load on the instep and heel as the foot touches the ground, as well as during the heel-to-toe movement of the foot in outdoor shoes. The “Achilles Comfort” cutout provides lasting relief for the Achilles tendon and prevents irritation.
Now that you are equipped with the proper Bauerfeind gear to stay supported, get out there and enjoy some local trails and stay safe!