You know the feeling, a slight rubbing against the boot by your little toe, the heel is getting a bit raw however with only a few more miles to go you choose to push on…
And end up with blisters
Some blisters can end your race or trek and have you wobbling about for a few days, some blisters can cause bigger problems due to infection as the blister has burst and bacteria has managed to get into your bloodstream… not good
So how do we deal with this issue?
Well, the most important and best strategy is PREVENTION
It starts with socks, yes the humble sock… the feet sweat, a lot. In fact the feet are the bodies number 1 place for sweating and lots of bacteria leave the tiny pores in the feet (hence why they smell so bad after a few days) so why are socks so important? well the absorb the sweat and allow the feet to “breathe” a little better, they allow the feet to remain cool(er) and as such this helps in the prevention of blisters which are formed as a result of HEAT.
Good socks will set you back at least £10.00 a pair, good wool rich content, there are lots of choices out there 1000 mile, Bridgedale amongst many…
We would also recommend a good quality walking foot powder – NOT TALC (which is utterly useless and clumps when wet) walking foot powder is 40 times more effective at soaking up damp / sweat and reducing heat… so slap plenty on
Then there is the boot / or shoe… we recommend you get your footwear from a reputable outdoor footwear company that understands that feet EXPAND when hot and after a few miles, so that little bit of extra space in the boot will be very useful and save you from having your toes pushed right against the front of the shoe…
NO… there’s more…. if you are like one of our guides who has recurring rubbing issues between toes or that you know you are likely to get blisters then TAPE UP… sports tape is superb and will be an effective barrier against the rubbing and heat generated from it that leads to blisters… there are plenty of choices on the market for blister AVOIDANCE one being COMPEED and the other TAPES such as ZINC OXIDE SPORTS TAPE… Long distance walkers have lots of alternatives to tape, some preferring to use vaseline or other products designed to allow the toes to slide with very little resistance / heat.
All our guides carry a roll of Zinc Oxide, they are often found taping peoples feet AFTER they have got a blister in order to enable them to finish their walk but it should be done BEFORE blisters form.
Tape should be applied AS SOON AS RUBBING STARTS or … prior to undertaking your trek if you know a certain area is vulnerable.
Reduce the chance of blisters / increase the probability of your success.
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Prevention is better than cure – right!?!?