We get a lot of advice from fitness experts on how to tone our body and legs but what about prevention of small ailments like blisters? Blisters are painful and may lead to an unusual walking style. They result from our everyday activities, what we wear, how we walk, and our physical activities too. And the truth is, working on one part of the body is a tricky proposition, so it is a good idea to focus on overall health, wellness, and fitness. No part of our body should be neglected. That is why this article focuses on how to prevent foot blisters.
How to protect your feet from blisters
The number one cause of blisters is friction and stress. And by stress I mean the pressure we get from trying on the wrong shoe size or kind, from extreme activity such as intense athletics and even damp socks. Having determined the cause of blisters, it is possible to counter their emergence. It is all about reducing friction and ensuring we are comfortable in our shoes. Here are some of the steps to take
Choose comfortable footwear
Whether it is a casual, official or sporting shoe, the right shoe should be properly fitting, that is, neither too tight nor too loose.
- Before buying shoes put them on and walk around in them to determine their level of comfort
- For a good fitting shoe, always use the half-inch of space technique, that is, the space between your longest toe and the shoe tip should be half an inch
- Always opt for a rounded or square toe box i.e. Where your toes fit
Additionally, it is advisable to shop for shoes in the afternoon as your feet would have expanded to the largest possible size it can.
Use powders and creams to prevent friction
Foot powders, foot glides and creams like Vaseline are important in minimizing resistance and creating a friction free surface.
Pick the right socks
Get good socks and wear two of them when necessary, especially those made of synthetic material. As they guarantee more support and aeration, less moisture and friction. Note that;
- Even though cotton socks help prevent smelly feet by absorbing moisture, they become damp and increase resistance
- Cotton made of synthetic materials are the best as they dry faster and allow for more aeration
Shun footwear that is likely to cause blisters
Some shoes cause us to walk abnormally thereby exerting pressure on particular areas of the feet. Other insoles make us uncomfortable, therefore
- Replace worn out insoles, opt for those made of memory foam or gel-filled pads
- Avoid shoes with narrow toebox. Especially some high heeled shoes
The other important steps include:
- Application of moleskin patches and lubrication especially of the parts that are susceptible to blisters. This reduces resistance as the skin layers rub against each other.
- Change shoes on a regular basis. Alternating between different pairs rather than wearing one shoe for days ensures your feet rubs on a smooth new surface
The bottom line, prevention of blisters is a nice step in maintaining healthy feet and therefore a stylish walk.