After years of bushwalking I’ve yet to discover an effective way to prevent or fix blisters.
I copped some pretty bad ones on my last walk at Wilsons Prom that left me hobbling around for a week and it made me wonder whether there really is a way to stop them.
I feel like I’ve tried everything but nothing’s worked.
Here’s a bit of a list of what I’ve tried to no avail.
- Wearing two pairs of socks – just made my feet hotter and sweatier.
- Bandaids – eventually lost their stickiness and rubbed off.
- Fancy moleskin patches – again, rubbed off.
- Trying to build up sticking plaster around the blister – again, rubbed off.
One thing that kind of worked was sticking plaster straight onto the “hot spot” where it feels like a blister is forming. But I found this only works on the heel where there’s plenty of skin for the plaster to stick to. It still eventually rubs off though. And it’s not useful for toes or on the side of the foot.
I suppose one problem is much of my walking has been in Tasmania, where you’re guaranteed to get wet feet. And when that happens, little will stick to your skin. Plus trails are rough and the movement of your feet twisting and turning on uneven ground encourages rubbing.
Of course, walking in thoroughly broken in boots does help. But if you’re walking 20km a day in them, I doubt that alone will keep you blister free.
At the moment my only strategy to deal with blisters is telling myself to “toughen up, princess” and carry on. There’ll be plenty of time to get your feet back to normal after the walk.
If anyone’s found any effective ways to deal with blisters, I’m happy to hear them.