Blisters can form when your shoes rub the same spot on your foot. Wearing shoes that do not fit properly or wearing shoes without socks can cause blisters. So it is always a good idea to choose shoes that fit properly.
Wearing shoes while having blisters can be painful. If you must wear hiking shoes over your burning feet, make sure your feet are as comfortable as possible.
The easiest way to wear shoes with blisters is to simply clean and tape them so you can keep going. Ideally, you’ll want to tape for an actual blister, it’s much better and easier to tape a hot-spot before it forms into a full-on blister. That way, you’re just covering the blisters with the tape. Remember, taping blisters is an in-game type of treatment.
Following are a few tips to keep in mind while wearing shoes while having blisters:
- Wash thoroughly your feet with an antibacterial soap (Dettol antibacterial bar soap works great). The soap will keep blisters and other cuts free of bacteria and other germs. Use cold water because it helps your feet relax and reduces swelling.
- Obtain a cotton ball and saturate it with hydrogen peroxide and apply on any blisters or cuts. It will clear the blisters or cuts of any remaining bacteria or germs. Hydrogen peroxide also promotes healing.
- Use a blister bandage to bandage any sensitive areas. Blister bandages usually contain an extra padding and a water-resistant coating on top. Most blister bandages are stronger than regular bandages. Always keep some extra ones with you in case one falls off.
- Use an insole to increase the distance between the ankle and collar of the shoe.
- Bring flip-flops just in case if you feel pain. That way you give your feet a rest. You can change into flip-flops and change back into your shoes periodically if you need to.
Is it better to pop a blister?
You can pop a blister on your own to make it heal faster but it can cause additional problems. Like an infection. Just let it heal itself without interfering. The blister will pop naturally over time and you’ll see raw skin underneath.
But if you need to pop a blister
Use a sterilized needle (to sterilize it put the point or edge on the flame until it is red hot, or rinse it with alcohol). Wash your hands and the area and then make a small hole. The fluid will drain on its own. If the fluid is white or yellow the blister may be infected and needs medical attention. Don’t remove the skin over the broken blister. The new skin underneath needs this protective cover.
How to get rid of blisters?
According to Harvard Health Review, a blister heals when the skin underneath the bubble grows back, and the top layer of skin peels away.
How long does it take for a blister to go away?
If you don’t mess with the healing process, the blister will go away in one or two weeks.
How to prevent blisters?
There are many factors that contribute to the likelihood of you getting a blister out on the trail. Two of the big factors are heat and moisture. The great way to eliminate some of the heat and moisture that may be building up in your shoes is to take a break. Every once in a while, when you’re tired, when you’d be taking a break anyway. Just find a nice place to sit down, undo the laces of your shoes, and when you pull your foot out just go ahead and take your sock off and roll it inside out, so it can dry too. Kick your feet up, enjoy the view and have a snack.
That way, when you put your shoe back on, you’ll find that your foot will be a lot drier, a lot cooler, and you’ll be much less likely to get a blister later on in your hike.
Consult a doctor if you see any blisters or cuts look red or infected.