Getting blisters in the middle of a hike can ruin an otherwise great hike. Knowing what to do to prevent them before they happen is something every hiker should know. Some simple tips will help you to keep your feet comfortable. Also know what to do if you feel a blister starting, before it gets any worse and wrecks your trip.
Watch this video for some great tips and read the article below to keep your feet happy and your hikes awesome.
I field test upwards of a dozen models of hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, and trail-running shoes and boots every year. I’m constantly wearing new footwear right out of the box on trips—usually without doing anything more than trying them on. And I very rarely get a blister. Here’s how I avoid them.
First of all, remember that blisters require three conditions to occur: heat, moisture, and friction. Eliminate any one of those factors and you prevent blisters.
Friction happens when your shoes or boots don’t fit your feet well. Buy them in a store where the staff knows how to measure your foot size. Try on a variety of brands because they all fit slightly differently; find the brand that fits your feet best. If the best boots you find still don’t fit perfectly, try after-market insoles to customize the fit.
2. Eliminate heat and moisture: Keep your feet dry.
This may be the easiest and most effective strategy I employ: Whenever I stop for a break of five minutes or more, I take off my boots and socks and let them and my feet dry out, eliminating or at least minimizing heat and moisture. As simple as that.
3. Carry extra socks.
If your feet get chronically sweaty, change into clean, dry socks midway through a day of hiking. Try to wash and cool your feet in a creek and dry them completely before putting on the clean socks.
4. Tape hot spots.
I rarely carry (or need) blister-treatment products like Moleskin—but I always carry athletic tape, which sticks well even on damp skin. If I feel a hot spot developing, I stop immediately and apply two or three strips of athletic tape to the spot, overlapping the strips, and then check it periodically to make sure they’re still in place.
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SOURCE: Michael Lanza at TheBigOutside.com