Best products for blisters
The best way to treat a blister is to prevent it in the first place. Different people have different ideas on the best way to treat or prevent blisters
As someone who has walked many miles in military combat boots I have a some experience of both preventing and treating blisters.
Here are the products I recommend for both treating and preventing blisters:
Blister plasters are specialist plasters or dressings that are applied to the foot. They are great for treating a blister if you already have one. But if you can think ahead and apply the blister plaster before you begin walking then you will stand a good chance of avoiding them.
Make sure your foot is clean and dry before applying them. A great tip is to heat the blister plaster in your hands for a few minutes before applying them. They tend to stick much better and for longer if warmed up with body heat first.
Apply the blister plaster over the areas you expect to get blisters. For most people this is at the back of your heel, on the inside of your foot and between your toes. Once you have applied the plaster then put your sock on to help keep it in place. It should stick to the foot for 24 to 48 hours and protect it from rubbing and forming blisters.
Zinc oxide tape for blisters
Zinc oxide tape is also great for preventing blisters. Again, apply it to clean, dry feet at the back of your heel, instep and around your toes. Use the highest quality zinc oxide tape available to ensure it sticks for as long as possible.
Avoid getting your feet wet as tape will not stick once it gets wet. Blister plasters stick longer than tape as long as they are applied correctly. If you want to double up then you can apply zinc oxide tape over the top of a blister plaster.
Skin shield creates a barrier between the skin and your sock, reducing the friction and preventing blisters. This is ok for short walks but if you intend to go longer then it may melt away and need to be re-applied.
However, this is great to keep for emergencies. For example if your feet get wet and the tape or blister plaster comes loose. Skin shield is easily applied to form temporary relieve from the pain of blisters.
Toe protectors are made from a high-grade, super soft silicon which stretches to fit any toe. They help prevent blisters from friction between the toes as well as cushioning the toe to help prevent black toenails or toenail loss. As well as protecting the toes from blisters, the toe protectors will also help to alleviate pain caused by corns.
Socks and blisters
Wearing the right socks is important. Some people prefer a simple loop stitched sock whilst others find the specialist blister prevention socks from 1000Mile which have a double layer to prevent rubbing work well.
The most important thing however, is to keep your feet dry. Change your socks regularly when walking, especially if they get wet.
Author: Mike Walden