Blisters are painful lesions that often form at the top of the heels due to the friction between the feet and shoes. They’re not a serious problem nor do they last long, but they can be so painful that it becomes necessary to remove your shoes to calm them.
Blisters almost always start while new shoes are softening and adjusting to the shape of the foot. However, it is necessary to take care of them because they often tend to get infected.
Fortunately, there are some solutions and preventative measures that can help protect the skin before this injury develops.
1. Find the Right Shoes to Prevent Blisters
2. Take it slow and only go on short walks with new pairs of shoes, even the if they are same brand and model you have been wearing.
3. Your walking shoes should have a finger’s width of length between the end of your toe and the end of your shoes to allow your feet to expand while walking. Select shoes of the proper width for your foot so that toes have enough room.
4. Wear a thicker sock to take up some of the extra space.
5. You can change styles of shoes or insoles.
6. Forget the cotton socks, stick with synthetics.
7. Double-layer socks may be the answer to preventing blisters. The inner layer should be of a wicking fabric.
8. When having shoes fitted, bring along the thickness of sock you plan to wear to ensure a correct fit.
9. Reduce the friction, reduce the blisters. One way to reduce friction is by lubricating your feet so they slide rather than rub.
10. A military study showed that using a special heavy-duty antiperspirant on the feet reduced the incidence of blisters. While regular antiperspirant is less concentrated, it might be worth trying.
11. Keep your feet dry, but don’t let the rest of you get dehydrated. Keep drinking water for the first hour, then a sports drink with electrolytes (salts) to keep your body fluids in balance.
12. If you have a spot that is prone to blistering, or have developed a hot spot while you are out walking and running, covering it can help protect it. There are several options, including sports tape, moleskin, gel bandages, and special patches. In a pinch, you might even put duct tape to work.
3 Recommendations that you can apply next time you wear new or hard shoes:
1. Apply aloe vera
The hydrating properties of aloe vera gel are useful to protect the skin from the abrasion it suffers from some kinds of shoes.
This also has an antimicotic effect which prevents the appearance of infections.
How to use it
Apply a generous quantity of aloe vera gel to your heels.
Rub it in with a gentle massage until it absorbs well.
If the blister has already appeared, use it twice a day.
2. Coconut oil
In the field of natural cosmetics, coconut oil is considered one of the best moisturising creams. When applied to the heels, it also reduces the rubbing of the skin against shoes that cause blisters.
In fact, it is a great remedy against any surface wound, because it protects against infections and helps with healing.
How to use it
Rub the product onto the areas affected by rubbing.
If you like, also put a little on the inside of the shoe to lubricate the material.
3. Talcum powder
Although we know it better for its ability to neutralize and prevent bad foot odor, talcum powder is also a great solution to prevent your shoes from giving you blisters.
It absorbs the humidity caused by sweating, a factor which also contributes to the friction on the skin caused by using closed shoes.
How to use it
Put a good quantity of talcum powder in the area of the heel of the shoe and on the skin.