Whether you’re in a casual pair of shoes on a day long trek or hiking for hour upon hour with no alternative footwear, most of us have experienced the wincing pain of a blister rubbing continuously against the same spot with every step you take.
However, it’s important to note that blisters are not normal. With the right fit and the right socks you shouldn’t get them. Blisters occur due to poorly fitting footwear or when feet are warm and damp and begin to rub against your boots. Your skin naturally reacts by forming a pocket of fluid under the damaged layer of skin, cushioning the tissue underneath.
By following a few simple blister prevention steps in preparation for your trek and knowing how to stop and treat a blister mid-trek, you won’t have to let one ruin your comfort outdoors.