Hiking is fun, good exercise and healthy. At the same time, the long distances can be particularly stressful for your feet. As a result, skin irritations and blisters may form due to pressure and friction. But hikers can prevent unwanted annoyances with this handy guide to preventing blisters while hiking.
The Elastoplast checklist for hikers
Aside from the usual water, compass and other provisions you should have with you, it’s important to take along items that will protect your feet from blisters.
Dr Maike Kuhlmann from Elastoplast Research and Development recommends, “Hikers should always remember to pack blister plasters and an extra pair of socks.”
Footwear recommendations for hikers
Proper footwear is also extremely important for a successful hiking trip. Dr Kuhlmann says, “Normal trainers or all-round boots are not suitable. They’re often too soft and don’t provide the necessary support during periods of extreme stress.” Adequate hiking shoes extend above the ankle or are manufactured in mid-height styles. They either have an extremely hard sole for multi-day journeys through the mountains or a softer sole for shorter, easier trips.
First aid for blisters on your hike
If a blister does form, despite taking preventive measures, it’s important to act quickly. According to Dr Kuhlmann, “You should immediately take a break at the first sign of burning or pressure and take off your shoes as quickly as possible”. She says, “First dry your skin and then cushion the sore spot, blister or wound. The Elastoplast Blister Plaster is perfect for this. These plasters immediately protect the affected area and promote wound healing thanks to the Active Gel Cushion. Through the high level of adhesion and extreme flexibility as well as the robust, protective surface, they are also extremely comfortable to wear.”
Be prepared with these Elastoplast products
If you end up experiencing blisters, these Elastoplast products also offer ideal care and relief. If you already have a blister, reduce the pain from pressure and protect the blister with an Elastoplast Blister Plaster.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly.
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