Best Methods to Prevent Blisters

Blisters can be frustrating to deal with, especially if you are trying to walk or exercise more regularly. Here are some tips to prevent them forming in the first place:

  • Use shoes that fit properly. Shoes that are too loose or tight increase friction which is a major cause of blisters.
  • Use specific running socks. Cotton socks absorb sweat and tend to increase the friction between your skin and the shoe. Technical running socks wick the moisture away from your feet to minimise the risk of blisters forming.
  • Change socks regularly. Not only is it vital not to re-wear socks for exercise, it is also important to replace socks on a regular basis. Fibers wear out in socks giving them a looser fit and increasing friction.
  • Do NOT remove all callous on your feet during pedicures. Callous forms to protect high pressure areas on your feet. By removing them all you are applying too much force to an unprotected area. Leave a little bit to reduce your risk of impact blisters.
  • Do NOT wear new shoes for the first time on a long run or hike. Whilst new shoes adapt to our feet quickly these days, it is still important to wear them in on a shorter walk or hike. The material gets a chance to soften in the high impact areas and reduce the risk of rubbing.

If, with all these tips, you are still having problems with persistent blisters book an appointment with one of our podiatrists. Call our reception at (07) 3823 5423 and we’ll help to assess what might be causing the blisters and how to prevent them in the future.