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 hiker, bush-walker, backpacker – whatever you call it in your part of the world, chances are you have put some thought into blister prevention.
Blister prevention is vital
Seasoned hikers know just how vital preparation is. And as a group, hikers 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 long duration of the activity
- your feet have to sweat and that moisture increases friction levels
- the terrain (gravel, soft sand, uneven ground, hills) can place extra shear force on your skin
If that wasn’t enough, 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 both the duration and the terrain
You’re out in the middle of nowhere and depending on the location and duration of your hike, you need to be self-sufficient in every way. If not, you can find yourself in a very dicey situation.
Prevention and preparedness in every aspect is vital. Because not only do you put yourself at risk, you can spoil the adventure for your companions.
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 for blister prevention with staying power.
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.
Rebecca is the founder of Blister Prevention and author of "The Blister Prone Athlete's Guide To Preventing Foot Blisters".