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prevent blisters

Nobody wants them, nobody is happy about them and yet they are a constant companion for many hikers and mega-marchers - blisters on their feet. Despite good preparation, blisters can quickly throw a spanner in the works and, in the worst case, even mean the end of your mega march. 

Therefore, here are a few tips on how to prevent and avoid blisters on your feet. 

How do bubbles form?

Blisters are usually caused by excessive friction. This can be caused, for example, by hiking shoes that have not been broken in or are too tight/not fitting. Because your skin consists of several layers that are connected to each other. If pressure or friction is applied to the skin, it can happen that the connections between the skin layers become loose. In order to protect the skin, tissue fluid then escapes and flows into the newly created cavities. 

Basically, the formation of a blister is a protective function of the body. The fluid that forms a blister is meant to protect the underlying layers of skin from more pressure and friction. However, this also increases the pressure in the tissue and causes pain. This can quickly mean the end of your hike.

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prevention

What can you do to prevent bubbles from forming in the first place?

Start with a workout and train your feet by walking barefoot. This hardens your feet.


Tape can help preventively, because the tape protects areas that are particularly prone to blisters.


hiking socks. These are especially important to prevent blisters. By the way, you will find the ideal hiking socks herehere. 

Treatment

What can you do if the bubble has already formed?

open blister/ sore

If the blister is already open, it should first be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, because open wounds are the favorite place for germs. 

closed bubble

If the blister is still closed, then a blister plaster is perfect. This forms a cushion over the irritated areas and relieves the skin.

Incidentally, you can also combine blister plasters with Vaseline to build a protective barrier.

 

Gauze bandages can further cushion the affected area. 

tips

To prevent blisters or to treat blisters that have already formed, we can also highly recommend blister stoppers. You can find them here. 

What also helps is Body Glide. This protects against skin rubbing of any kind and is therefore also perfect for other parts of the body. This is how you can avoid running into a wolf. Learn more. 
 

Important: Never cut the skin of the blister. This can cause it to catch fire
 

In general, try to avoid sweating. So please make sure you wear breathable socks. 

Questions

Pop blisters or not?

In general, you should not pierce a blister, as the blister itself serves as a natural protective layer and thus protects the wound from infection.

 

However, if the bladder is very large or under tension, the bladder can be opened under sterile conditions. To do this, you should take a sterilized needle and pierce the blister, then let the liquid flow out slowly and let the skin dry a little. You can then stick a patch on it. Tip: For faster healing, the plaster can also be removed at night so that air can get to the wound.

Our checklist is also available asdetailed blog

our blister prevention products

megamarsch x wrightsock hiking socks| green

The MEGAMARSCH sock by Wrightsock is a medium-thick sock with high breathability. Due to the deliberately firmer knitting, it sits optimally in the midfoot area even when moving sideways in the field. The inner layer is white, undyed and therefore designed for healthy feet. The Dri-Wright and high-tech fibers in the inner layer and the anti-blister system ensure dry feet and protection against blisters. 

Inner Layer: 70% Dri-Wright II Polyester, 26% Nylon, 4% Elastane Outer Layer: 71% Dri-Wright Polyester, 24% Nylon, 5% Elastane

 

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