We are the Kowloon Central Cluster voluntary medical support team providing first aid and emergency medical treatment for Oxfam Trailwalker. We are voluntary doctors and nurses providing medical services at the medical tents at each of the 11 checkpoints (including the Start and Finish Points).
Note: no massage and taping will be provided in the medical tents.
Common problems from walkers:
- Foot blisters
We normally leave the small blisters intact if they don’t cause any problem. We will drain the blisters if they are big and causing problems, and apply a dressing. Blisters mean there is already skin damage; the dressing will only reduce pain. You might need to change the dressing if it becomes soaked or detached.
- Knee pain
Knee pain can be caused by either overuse or a sprain injury. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is the initial treatment. We provide analgesic balm and oral analgesia (if you are not allergic to it) at the medical tent. We may also provide an elastic bandage for you to better support your knee.
If symptoms are severe, you may be advised to quit.
Exhaustion can be physical and/or mental. Preparing yourself for/under different conditions during your training will help you to overcome these difficulties during the event. Weather variations can have adverse effects on your body. It may be hot and humid during the day but suddenly turn cold and windy at night. Appropriate clothing and dietary support will help to reduce these adverse effects in your body.
- Muscle cramps
The cause is still not fully understood. Muscle cramps are not caused by sodium depletion, which was once thought to be the reason. We do not recommend taking salt tablets as they may cause stomach irritation and vomiting. Instead, proper rest, adequate fluid replacement and stretching can provide relief, and help you continue the event.
There are many causes but dehydration is one of the main reasons. Make sure you are adequately hydrated throughout the event.
We do not recommend alcohol intake at the Finish Point, as there have been instances where walkers have fainted after consuming alcohol after they finished the event. This may have been caused by a combination of dehydration and vasodilatation from the alcohol, resulting in a sudden drop of blood pressure.
Drinking a sufficient amount of water is better for you.
We wish you a safe and happy walk!
Adequate preparation and training are essential to enable you to finish the gruelling walk with flying colours.
Special thanks to the KCC voluntary medical team for providing the above tips.