Prevent Blisters





Introduction: Prevent Blisters

I learned this trick for how to prevent blisters a few years ago when I was doing roller derby and constantly getting blisters from my skates. I have since retired from derby and now use this quick and easy technique for avoiding blisters when breaking in new shoes, hiking, and for the occasional night of roller boogie...

Step 1: Supplies

This is a layering technique. The goal is to have the friction happen between the layers of fabric and NOT on your skin. Here's what you need to protect your footsies:

Layer 1: plastic bandaids - that stick all along both sides of the gauze pad (like pictured)

Layer 2: nylon knee high stockings (pair) or very thin socks (silk if possible)

Layer 3: pair of your regular socks

Step 2: Find the Points of Contact

If you plan on hiking or breaking in a pair of new shoes, put them on with just your socks and walk around until you start to notice the points of contact (between your skin and the footwear) where potential blisters could form.

This is where you will put the bandaids.

Step 3: Layer One

Once you've established the blister danger zones, put one (or more) bandaids in those locations, making sure to apply them carefully and smoothly so that there are no wrinkles in the plastic. Also make sure that the thin strips of sticky on either side of the gauze pad are stuck to your skin as well.

Don't skimp on bandaids! Always err on the side of caution and go with 'more is safer'.

Step 4: Layer Two

Next, put on the nylon stockings, pulling them all the way up to the top of your calves so that the material over the potential blister zones is smooth and won't bunch up.

Fellas, if you're uncomfortable donning the stockings, find the thinnest socks you can (silk works well) and use those instead of nylons.

Step 5: Layer Three

The finishing protective touch is your standard pair of socks!

You have now applied your blister armor and are ready to lace up those shoes (or slip 'em on) and head for the hills!



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    I found that proper fitting shoes does the trick, NO blisters, callus etc. I have a bunion and rather than surgery I opted for wide shoes. The bunion is no longer painful and blisters are non-existent.

    sometimes that's not very easy, the op mentioned roller skates (not easy to find perfectly fitting ones unless custom, much money) and I came here because we wear company issued rain boots, and I'm getting blisters on my big toes. yes, ideally we shouldn't need these tricks, but in some places it's the best alternative.

    I find for me the best means to prevent blisters is through the frequent and judicious use of an ottoman.

    I'd sorry it just came over me and I couldn't stop.

    Hopefully your ideas help someone. I remember as a child a horrible rub blister I got from new shoes and I never wore them again. Things like this can become infected.

    I wish you were around 45 years ago when I Captained,

    The FireBalls and the FireBirds Roller Derby Team.

    Now you have settled down your heels may be cracking, To FIX- Get Glycerine, Zinc-Sunscreen,and Baby Powder, mix in a couple drops of tea-tree, or Eucalyptus oil,rub in for two weeks ,top up once a month. Remanence of the good old days.

    What about high heels? Layers won't work but maybe duct tape?

    I just put a blob of vaseline anywhere I may get a blister. I works well even if you already have a blister that you need to protect. This has helped me through several ultramarathons including a 100 miler

    Cheap Tip:

    I just use regular masking tape for prevention, or cut up a lite days pad and place a piece in the center of the tape for blisters (cheap bandaids). Awesome idea with the layers of stockings!

    Stockings are really warm. Like uncomfortably warm on a freezing cold day. When I wore them as a layer under jeans in the winter in Iowa, I just about cooked to death. I can't imagine adding them as an additional layer under socks and not risk conflagration. Hats off to you for being able to wear them as a layer. Maybe I'm just too hot blooded...

    Pantyhose isn't THAT warm, but if you find it so, you can either trim down knee highs, or use the kind that are called "sockless" - normally women wear these with loafers to make it look like they aren't wearing anything underneath.