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How To Heal Blisters and Keep Them From Getting Worse

I go hiking as part of a team on a regular basis, and I can tell you that it can be very painful and uncomfortable going to hike without breaking in your hiking boot.

If the boots are new, then you might end up getting a blister at the bottom of the foot. Blister are nasty and can be very painful, In this article I would like to talk about How to Heal Blisters so let's dive in.

Wear Boots indoors make it a point to wear your new hiking boots indoors every day for the first Week. You can wear them as slippers for the better part of the mornings and evenings or the whole day. It depends on whether you are always indoors or go to Work.

You will initially experience some discomfort and possibly pain, particularly in the toe area and heels. This is pretty common and should wear off once your feet get used to the boots. I'd recommend restricting wearing the boots indoors for the first week without venturing outdoors to prevent suffering blisters.

Why Do You Get Blisters?

Having a tight shoe or boots adds more moisture to your foot, and more friction and rubbing to your feet will cause blisters. Blisters are the most common issue for backpackers.

Lack of understanding of how to break into new shoes/boots and lack of understanding of conditioning for feet while hiking is the two primary roots of these nasty blisters. Here is a dedicated article for breaking into a new hiking shoes.

How to Treat Blisters?

The quick way to heal your blisters is to keep a competed blister patch on the cleaned blister. Few other tactics for dealing with blisters at the bottom of your foot are

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Treating Blisters

Icing it

Icing helps to reduce pain, icing may not do anything to heal the blister, but you won't notice much pain.

Patch Blister

With athletic tapes relieves pain, and provides stabilization of muscles and reduces inflammation.

ENGO blister prevention ultra thin patches attach directly to the shoes and not to your skin so that your shoe fit won't change at all. And also these blisters won't irritate your skin, unlike traditional blister patches.

Using Liquid Sprays

New skin liquid spray forms a tight, waterproof layer which prevents blisters getting worse compared to regular band aids. New-Skin Spray dries quickly to form a protective waterproof cover and keeps out dirt and germs while letting skin breathe.

Apart from these avoid getting any moisture, dust or pebbles into the shoes and always keep your feet clean and dry.

How to Prevent Blisters?

I recommend that you use a pair of thick Woolen socks that are suitable for hiking. Invest in a pair of insoles to use when backpacking, a pair of arch supports can also do.

Because getting moisture of any kind leads to friction and the friction on bottom leads to blisters. So always keep your feet dry to avoid blisters.

  • Always keep your feet dry to avoid blisters.

How to Keep Them from Getting Worse

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Stop getting them worse

You can't keep your feet dry when you are heading out for a long hike, try to aim for the breathable shoes. Having a pair of waterproof shoes doesn't solve this problem because waterproof boots won't let air in so you got to choose the shoes which are breathable.

In case if your foot gets wet, breathable shoes let air pass through in and out and let your foot keep dry.

Also, keep your socks dry if it gets wet too take it off and let them dry on your pack, and do whatever you can to always keep your foot aired out. Also, remember to keep your toenails trimmed, they can rub against other toes and cause blisters and sores.

  • Always keep your feet dry to avoid blisters.
  • Waterproof hiking shoes won't let air in so choose breathable hiking shoes.
  • Always Keep your socks dry and Do Whatever it takes to to keep your foot aired out.

In Summary

Now we know about why you get blisters in the first place, how to prevent blisters, and how to treat them not getting worse. You need to have Good fitting hiking boots or Hiking shoes Whichever work for you and never carry a new pair of boots or shoes for through hike.

Proper fitting shoes/boots will keep you always from blisters. If you are hesitant after reading this or if you have any valuable suggestions, please leave your comments we would add your tips to the article which helps all of us prevent getting the blister. Thanks for reading .. Happy Hiking.

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