BLISTERS AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM
Posted on Jun 24, 2019 to Public
Everyone has enjoyed the pain of blisters at some point in their lives. However, if you suffer from blisters regularly on your walks something is very wrong.
A blister is basically a pocket of fluid that forms when the skin becomes broken. It’s purpose is to protect the tissue beneath, but boy it is so painful to walk through once they’ve formed. It goes without saying that prevention is way better than the cure but we’ll cover both bases anyway. Blisters come from shoes / boots that don’t fit properly or from wet, damp socks, or from debris that may have gotten inside the shoe. So to start, make sure your boots are fitted correctly and that you learn how to tie the laces properly. Learning this will make sure the foot is locked comfortably within the shoe. I can’t stress enough that you shouldn’t buy your boots off the internet. Try them on and get them fitted properly within a shop that knows what they are taking about. Take your time and walk round the shop to make sure you don’t feel any hotspots (hotspot? An area that rubs on the foot) where the boot / shoe may rub. If you feel any kind of discomfort, pass on them. NEVER say well I’ll have to break them in, you don’t and shouldn’t. You spending a lot of money on these boots / shoes so you’ll want them to feel nothing less than awesome on your feet.
Next up are the socks. Avoid cotton socks at all cost. They hold the sweat in around your foot. No only will this make your feet wet but also sweat contains salt which is like sand paper rubbing on your delicate feet. AVOID COTTON SOCKS!! Instead opt for a quality pair of a moisture wicking polyester or wool socks. They may be a little dearer to buy but surely that’s got to be worth it so you’re not crippled on your walk / trek / hike.
OK, last but but not least, be prepared. Always carry blister plasters in your pack. As soon as you feel a hotspot, stop and sort it out by covering it. Do it straight away, not in 20 minutes time when it will be to late. Plasters stick better on warm feet so if yours are cold rub them in your hands to bring their temperature up. The plaster will then hold fast. I would also take a spare pair of socks along. This way if your original ones get wet you can swap them over for a nice dry pair.
Oki Doke, that’s my tips of blister prevention. Now go out and enjoy your walks.
~ Elite Personal Training Bexley - fit247 personal training