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application of the recommendations set forth in the following pages is
at the reader's discretion and sole risk. Before undergoing medical
you should consult with your doctor, who can best assess your
needs, symptoms and treatment.
try almost anything
to prevent blisters. Keep in mind that blisters are caused by friction,
sweating and heat. We all know that walking shoes must fit properly in
order to avoid blisters. If they are too snug or too loose they will
a problem. Try to choose shoes that breath well, combination of leather
and fabric is the best. Before every hike inspect the inside of your
for seams or worn areas that might produce extra friction and make sure
that your heel does not slip when you walk. It is very important that
have enough room to wiggle your toes inside the toe box (calculate with
about ½ inch space between your longest toe and the end of your
select socks that
fit your foot without being too tight or too loose. Make sure that your
socks are made from soft fabric, do not have bulky stitching or any
Try to avoid cotton socks because they tend to be a little rough after
absorbing moisture. Never wear untested or unwashed socks on a long
Always carry a spare pair of socks when walking distance.
sweating that creates friction, and friction leads to blisters. Wash
dry your feet every day for five to six days before a major walk, run
hike. Cover your entire foot, in between toes, tops of toes, backs of
and bottoms of feet. Whether you use stick, spray or roll-on, just make
sure you didn't miss any spot. Just one missed spot could lead to
and blisters. By reducing sweating, antiperspirant also helps existing
foot blisters to heal faster.
Some people may
develop skin irritations such as burning sensations or rashes. If you
experience a reaction, try using it every other day, use sparingly or
brands. If the irritation doesn't stop, discontinue use.
work for you because of irritation try to change your socks when your
become sweaty or wet. You could also dust your feet and inside of your
socks with talcum powder, foot powder, cornstarch or potato starch.
people use lubricants on their feet. Look in the foot care products at
your local drug store.
carry bandage strips
with you when walking distance. You could always stop briefly to put
on. If the edge of the insole or seam of your shoe is rubbing against
foot, try also lubricating or covering that area in order to prevent