Blisters and hiking go together as much as oil and water. Often it is a simple solution like having the wrong hiking boot combined with repeated friction to one area for a long period of time. While they do not always need medical attention, you can be inconvenienced by the pain and if they are punctured then infection can easily develop while you are on the trail.
How to avoid blisters from ruining your hike:
- Break in those new boots or sneakers slowly around the house while your cleaning or organizing your house. Better to know indoors if they will work outdoors where you may not be able to fix the problem until the hike is over.
- Wash and dry your feet after the shower to prevent infections before putting your gear on for the day. You would not want to trap moisture in there before you even get out on the trail.
- Bring a good supply of petroleum jelly and band aids just in case on should develop while miles from your car or home. This will be a good solution until you can treat it correctly later.
How blisters can form quickly:
- Infections are usually from not treating them right away.
- Friction and rubbing in one area for a long time brings it on quickly.
- Freezing cold can bring on blisters if the skin isn’t protected properly.
- Burning from the sun or heat will form a blister and could turn into a bigger problem if not looked at right away by a professional.
- Chemicals are harsh and will certainly damage your skin if exposed for periods of time.
While blisters can appear anywhere, our feet seem to take the most hits because they work the hardest. Since they can be relieved with a few simple suggestions try not to neglect preventing or treating a blister.
What can I do to get rid of them:
- Let it breathe
- Clean it thoroughly
- Use antibacterial overnight with a band aid
- Soften it by soaking it
- Do not let anything stick to it
Blisters are not a huge problem unless they are mistreated. They can be annoying and slow you down considerably but do not always require a medical visit, however f you need treatment for your blister and want to keep on hiking this season, call Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, Indiana at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment with Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. today. Blisters don’t need to ruin your day!