Hiking and walking are one of life’s greatest outdoor activities, but it can also leave you with some unsightly consequences. This happens quite often with people who love to hike, but don’t know how to prevent blistering. Blisters are fluid-filled lumps that form on your skin when you put pressure on it. They are usually the result of damaged skin, and they can be extremely painful and unsightly.
You will be surprised how much a few simple hacks can make a difference before and during hitting the trail! First, it would help to eliminate as many contributing factors as possible; for instance, check that your footwear choice is not causing the problem.
These five steps will help you gain more knowledge:
Ensure your shoes fit accordingly
If your shoes are too tight, they can cause pressure sores — and if they’re too loose, they can lead to friction or irritation. To ensure a healthy fit, it’s helpful to measure your feet against the insole of your shoe. When purchasing new shoes, your toes should be around a thumb’s width from the end of the shoe. If the toes extend beyond the tip of the shoe, it may mean that the shoe is too small. Some retailers will use a measurement device to help you determine your exact size if you are unsure.
Break-in your new shoes
Your feet will thank you for taking the time to properly break in your new hiking boots. Whether you’re outside running, wearing your comfortable running shoes or at home watching Netflix, wear them in slowly and apply Moleskin plasters to any areas that rub. Proper break-in takes time, so be patient — your feet will be comforted by the care you’ve shown them.
Use appropriate socks
Water-wicking materials are a good choice for hikers, with the right pair of socks you can prevent blisters and keep your feet dry and comfortable. People have different preferences, so always think about what feels best on your feet.
Avoid prolonged periods of wetness
Moisture around your feet can lead to painful blisters. Instead of doing a lot of damage, keep your feet dry using moisture-wicking socks. The best way to prevent blisters is to keep your feet dry and wear socks that remove moisture from the foot.
Use Moleskin on problem areas
Moleskin is a simple and cost-effective solution for sensitive-skinned individuals suffering from blisters, hot spots, and friction. Moleskin will significantly reduce friction, allowing you to run, walk, hike, or dance with little to no discomfort at all.
Our feet are the foundation of our health. As they are responsible for every step we take, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular foot care. The best way to do that is to assess your feet regularly so you can identify changes and signs of damage early on. There are many factors that contribute to these changes in the appearance of your feet.
Preventing blisters on the trail is your primary goal, but it’s important to act fast if you get a hot spot. Bring attention to the issue immediately, remove your footwear and socks, and test the area for sensitivity. If there’s any pain at all, stop walking and rest. When resting, elevate your feet and apply moleskin or blister tape if you have them. After a few minutes of rest, resume your hike.
If you are suffering from any form of foot problems, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us today. We will be happy to examine your feet and assess any problems that you may have.