You’re miles from home.
Something is starting to sting under the ball of your foot; or the back of your heel.
It's getting worse with each step!
If you’re a hiking, bushwalking backpacking, trekking, tramping – whatever you call it in your part of the world, chances are you’ve put some thought into blister prevention.
Blister prevention is vital
Seasoned outdoorsy-types like yourself know just how vital preparation is. And as a group, you and your friends are very organised and proactive. You can't afford not to be!
As a hiker, you are particularly susceptible to foot blisters because of:
the duration of the activity
your feet have to sweat when you’re walking a lot, and that moisture increases friction levels
the terrain (gravel, soft sand, uneven ground, hills) place extra pressure on your skin
If you’re new to hiking, you’re at even more risk because:
you might be wearing shoes or boots you don’t often wear
your skin isn't used to the physical demands of the terrain
When you’re out in the middle of nowhere, you need to be self-sufficient in every way. If not, you could find yourself in a dicey situation. Prevention and preparedness in every aspect is vital. Not only do you put yourself at risk, you’ll spoil the adventure for your companions. Imagine if you became slow or incapacitated because of a foot blister.
Evacuation is not cool when it could have been easily avoided!
Blister Prevention with AdventurePro
Colin Kneebone from AdventurePro offers this advice on how to prevent foot blisters. From lacing techniques for different terrain … to ENGO Patches. Take a look below.
Written by Rebecca Rushton
Rebecca is an Australian podiatrist with over 20 years experience. She has spent a lifetime dealing with her own blister prone feet in her sporting and everyday life. Rebecca specialises in helping athletes and sports medicine professionals figure out how to manage foot blisters with ease. And for kicks, she enjoys providing blister care at multiday ultramarathon events.