Q. On every camp-out, my boots always hurt my feet — sometimes from wet socks but mainly for reasons unknown. Is there anything I can do?
– Andrew Tenderfoot, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
A. Andrew, there could be many different things going on. I’ll just run through some things that might help:
Keep your feet clean and dry. Wear a thin synthetic liner sock under a wool sock. This will wick the sweat away from your feet and keep them drier and more comfy. When you’re back at camp, take off your boots, maybe wash your feet in a stream, dry them well and put on a pair of clean, dry socks.
Make sure your boots fit. Don’t try to squeeze into too-small boots or get a pair to grow into. Get the right size now and be sure to break them in a little, wearing them around as much as you can before your outings.
Add a little extra cushion. You can buy boot insoles at outdoor specialty stores that can improve the fit, support and comfort of most any boots.