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How do I prevent foot blisters?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by skydiver, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    Hey There,

    I get blisters on the bottom of my big toe and adjoining pivot area (ball?) of foot after long hikes.

    I don't want that to happen during a SHTF scenario.

    What are your solutions?

    P.S. I can't wear wool socks, so those are out.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ernurse

    ernurse molalla oregon Active Member

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    get the green military socks, and make sure your boots actually fit correctly, sometimes they have to get broken in first, and I always carry moleskin to apply to trouble spots or after u get a blister.
     
  3. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Moleskin for first aid pack.
    Good fitting boots and some time on the trails to prep feet before.
     
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  4. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    Good advice guys. Thank you.

    More ideas welcome!
     
  5. Gunner69

    Gunner69 Hillsboro Member

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    Knee high nylons under your regular boot socks...
     
  6. Phather

    Phather South SnoCo Active Member

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    I have found that well fitted and broken in shoes paired with calloused feet are the only things that prevent blisters. Keep some mole skin around to treat new blisters, but if you want to be prepared for SHTF, you are going to have to bust your feet up a bit to get them rugged.
     
  7. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    I wear the thin, smooth sock liners sold in most outdoor stores. The liner clings to your foot while sliding past the thicker sock.
     
  8. MSneuropil

    MSneuropil Mt. Pilchuck area Washington New Member

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    My son is an avid mountaineer and I buy boxes of first aid supplies every year for his birthday (for a laugh!) and I found an anti perspirant for the feet to go along with the rolls of moleskin and bottles of liquid bandage product. The liquid bandage helped quite a bit on his 2 week long Pacific Crest hike last year on spots just beginning to blister. For those who are counting each oz packed they make tiny 1 use vials in carded bubble pack...but I prefer the 1 oz glass bottles for my first aid kit

    Amazon.com: Liquid Skin - Sting Free Skin Protectant, 2 pc,(Liquid Skin): Health & Personal Care

    Amazon.com: New-Skin First Aid Antiseptic Liquid Bandage 1 fl oz (30 ml): Health & Personal Care

    Amazon.com: New-Skin Antiseptic Liquid Bandage Spray 1 fl oz (28 g): Health & Personal Care

    Amazon.com: BodyGlide Liquified Powder Skin Lubricant (9 Packets): Sports & Outdoors

    Amazon.com: BodyGlide Anti-Chafing Stick 0.45oz: Sports & Outdoors
     
  9. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    These are great ideas that I will put into use.

    You guys are great!
     
  10. Buddhalux

    Buddhalux Hillsboro, Oregon Active Member

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    Once you get a blister it's easy to take care of as long as you have needle and thread.

    Disinfect needle (alcohol or fire works).
    Thread needle like normal.
    Push needle thru one side of blister.
    Hold onto ONE thread and pull the needle thru the blister.
    Now you should have a single piece of thread sticking out each side of the blister.
    Trim the ends to about 1/4" on each side then slap some liquid bandage or moleskin over it.

    The thread allows the blister to weep instead of resealing and refilling with fluid.
     
  11. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Extra pairs of socks. Dry feet are happy feet.
     
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  12. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Try polypropelene (sp?) liner socks, such as sold by Cabelas under your sock of choice. They are very thin, take up very little space in your boot (and your pack). Work very well to prevent blisters. Also add remarkably to the ability of your sock of choice to keep your feet warm (or cool). I have no allergies to wool, and so wear wool for a cold hunt, thick cotton for a warm hunt. Best investment I've ever made for my feet: 100 miles above the arctic circle for Dall's sheep, to South Central Oregon in August for antelope. Can be washed and rinsed easily in camp, and dry in about 5 minutes. Blisters are a thing of the past for me now.
     
  13. Browncoat

    Browncoat Clackamas, Or. Member

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    Here's what I've learned from many years of backpacking.
    1. Properly fitted boots, and don't go cheap. You get what you pay for.
    2. Quality synthetic boot socks.
    3. Quality synthetic liner socks.
     
  14. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    A good skin or dedicated foot treatment/lotion applied regularly will also help by keeping the skin soft. Jafra cosmetics used to have a two stage process called 'Velvet hands' - but it worked well on feet also.
     
  15. tbtravis

    tbtravis SW WA Member

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    Avoid boots lined with Goretex. They are breathable, to a degree when new and clean, but there is no practical way to wash the liners to maintain breathability.
     
  16. Asp

    Asp Oregon, the promise land. Active Member

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    +1 Build callouses, and the blisters will disappear.
    No different than playing the guitar
     
  17. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    Good boots and tough feet. Wear them a lot and put some miles on them. Its the only way.

    As far as treatment goes, prevention first. If you feel a hot spot developing, stop and put moleskin on, sooner is better. Rotate your socks, take your shoes off during breaks, let them breath and dry out.

    For extremely wet conditions, (I hike the Olympics) goretex boots are kind of worthless. Cold water on the outside, a warm foot on the inside, the water vaporizes, moves thru the barrier and into your nice dry sock.
     
  18. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Whenever the urge to go for a long hike strikes, find a camp chair and a cold beer and seriously contemplate whether it's more fun to go out and make blisters. After about 30 minutes of this (and the 3rd beer) the urge usually goes away.
     
  19. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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  20. hendrixfan

    hendrixfan Clackamas County Member

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    Im a big fan of Wright socks. They are dual layer yet very thin. I always wear them under my boot socks if I am hiking with any weight on my back.

    I also always carry moleskin like others have suggested.

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