Monday, May 23, 2011

Treating and avoiding blisters

Peak summer hiking season is just around the corner, which means many people will be dealing with the unpleasant experience of blisters over the next several months.

Backpacker Magazine recently posted a series of photos that show to properly treat blisters in order to help keep you on the trail.

The best thing to do, however, is to avoid blisters. Here are a few suggestions:

* Train your feet. Don’t go out on a long hike without taking the time to toughen up your feet by doing walks or short hikes leading up to the big day.

* Don’t try to break in brand new boots on a long hike either. Wear a new pair around town, or on short hikes, before taking them long distance.

* Walking barefoot around the house, especially outside, will toughen the skin of your feet.

* Stop and remove dirt, sand, or any other debris that gets in your boots ASAP.

* Air your feet out during a break in order to cool and dry them off.

* For people with feet that sweat excessively, try using extra-strength antiperspirant creams, roll-ons, or powders to reduce sweating.

* If you have areas on your foot that have caused problems in the past, try putting moleskin or athletic tape on before blisters have a chance to form.

For more tips on avoiding blisters, please click here.


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