Hiking through the wilderness can be exhausting and take it’s toll on your body – Carrying a heavy backpack puts additional loads on your joints and muscles, but your feet get the biggest pounding. This constant high stress can cause Water Blisters on Feet within minutes.
Correct footwear, namely a good pair of ‘worn in’ Hiking Boots are essential, in fact they are the first line of defence against most foot problems whilst out in the wilderness.
Modern technology gives us a fighting chance as hiking boots are designed for comfort as much as for hard work now. With all the cushioning and support in the right places, helping to reduce the chances of blisters on feet.
These traditional styled Asolo TPS Boots, shown here, are a good example of a top quality hiking boot that falls into the the mid/high end range price scale of $250.
There are less traditional and more modern styled hiking boots that offer equally good specifications, and come with a more athletic look.
All will offer waterproof inner booty and waterproof upper sole, along with a host of other specific hiking features. The Salomon Quest 4D GTX, shown here, even have a stabilizing feature to reduce ankle strain when hiking over rough terrain.
So never underestimate the importance of wearing the correct hiking boots. They will reduce any rubbing action and, in turn, reduce the chances of water blisters on feet.
How do blisters start.?
As your hike progresses, especially in hot weather, your feet will begin to sweat – sweating feet will drastically increase your chances of a blister forming – especially on the ankle area where most movement occurs.
Sweating feet and blisters do not go well together as it will increase the chances of foot infection, as well as giving unpleasant foot odor, it will help to destroy your socks and work it’s way into your boots. Not very pleasant..!
However, the bubble of fluid will give you a small amount of discomfort, but the raw tissue below will be very painful once exposed.
The more the rubbing continues the larger the bubble will expand for protection.
How to prevent a foot blister –
Top 10 Essential Action Points:
- Ensure your new boots are well ‘worn in” and feel comfortable before going on any long hiking trip.
- Keep the weight of you backpack to the absolute minimum possible – this is important.
- Wear quality ‘hiking‘ socks – polyester or wool socks are ideal as these will wick moisture away from your feet.
- Whenever you rest up, always take your boot off and let your feet ‘breath’.
- If your feet feel damp, try to change to a fresh, dry pair of socks.
- Keep your boots dry – hang them up, under cover each evening.
- Inspect your feet at regular intervals for any signs redness or chaffing.
- If your feet are sore and there are signs of a blister on any part of your foot – stop and treat it immediately.
- Inspect your boots for signs of wear or loose stitching.
- Apply a quality blister cream or gel and cover with a protective bandage.
The first line of defence against foot blisters is prevention – this can be acheived by using a Blister Prevention Cream / Gel prior to putting on your socks and boots – all suspect areas should be well coated with the Gel to give maximum effect during the days hike.
These Blister Gels reduce the friction between your skin and anything rubbing on it, so it’s important to apply some before you start your hike.
They are a very good means of protection and sell for under $10 on Amazon – an essential bit of kit and a good investment if you ask me..!
If you feel a blister may be forming, it is important to give the area extra protection against any rubbing by using some Blister Cushions – these are coated with an antiseptic to prevent infection as well as helping to protect and cushion the area.
Keep an eye on any ‘suspect’ or sore areas – look out for signs of redness, red streaks, or tenderness and pain. These are all signs of water blisters on feet.