5 simple tips to avoid blisters when walking
How to keep your feet happy and blister-free
Getting blisters on your feet can ruin what would otherwise be a brilliant walk. Follow our 5 simple tips to keep your feet happy and blister-free.
How to avoid blisters when walking
1. Wear comfortable, good-fitting, worn-in boots or shoes
The more you walk in your boots the more your skin will become accustomed to them and harden. Before buying new footwear, have a read of our walking boots Buyer’s Guide. This will help you choose the right boots for you and your feet. Our Best Buys guides to the best shoes for all day walking and to the best lightweight walking shoes are also worth a read.
2. Wear good walking socks in the right size
We recommend wearing socks specifically designed for walking, rather than every day, leisure or sports socks. Wearing two pairs of socks can help prevent rubbing and blisters.
3. Stay alert
Act as soon as you feel any discomfort, as blisters can form very quickly. As soon as you feel even a hint of discomfort make sure to immediately remove anything from your socks or boots which causes irritation.
4. Take a break
When you stop for a rest, remove your boots and socks. This will give your feet a chance to dry off and cool down, which helps prevent blisters. Check your feet carefully for any sign of rubbing and tenderness.
5. Treat your blister
Always carry plasters in your rucksack. The best options are special blister plasters which create a second skin over the blister. This helps provide cushioning to lessen the pain of the blister and helps it heal more quickly.
When it comes to choosing the best shoes for longer walks, the most important consideration is that they fit your feet perfectly.
If heading out for summer walks on easier trails, or keen to keep the weight on your feet to a minimum, lightweight walking shoes can be an excellent choice.