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  1. Lhollo

    3rd - 9th September: boots or trail runners?

    We’re walking the first section, from SJPP to Los Arcos, and aren’t sure whether to use the waterproof leather boots we own or get something new and more breathable. Our boots are great for UK weather but I expect it’ll be a lot hotter in Spain in September. What do you recommend?
  2. S

    What's in your first aid kit?

    Packing my first first aid kit, I'm having a hard time deciding what's essential. The pre-made kits you can buy at field-and-stream type stores seem to be way too much stuff. What do you like to keep in your pack for first aid on the camino? If it would vary based on which route you're taking...
  3. C

    Best Blister Prevention Method - Vote!

    Hi all, I am a fan of the prophylactic and therapeutic dual purpose of zinc oxide tape (pictured). I'm curious as to what methods of preventing blisters other pilgrims swear by and think it would be nice to get a breakdown of the popularity of each all together in a poll. There have been lots...
  4. V

    Blisters on soles of feet

    Big blisters on soles of feet , on foot pads. Only 2 days walking! What to do?
  5. VNwalking

    A Guide For Blister Prevention 2017-11-22

    This website and blog have an abundance of information about the right way to treat your blisters if you have them, and (more importantly) about how to prevent them in the first place. And if you want the data can find it in the pdf.
  6. JillGat

    Blister prevention

    I wore sandals last time I walked the Camino, but plan to also wear shoes this time. My Altra shoes fit great, but - with my orthotics - I intermittently have been getting heel blisters after long miles while training. So I sent an email to John Vonhof, the ultramarathoner guy who wrote...
  7. Ian Afloat

    Vaseline...or Vicks VapoRub?

    Hello, So in one of his videos the not totally insane John Roy suggests using Vicks VapoRub instead of Vaseline for blister prevention. Has anyone tried this? I tend to get a little congested when sleeping, so thought it might double up to help prevent me from waking up in the middle of the...
  8. Debbye Jean

    Got My First Blister Training; Should I Get Different Shoes

    Hi All, I bought a pair of Vasque hiking boots from REI a couple of weeks ago. I have been wearing them to hike in almost every day and the last two times I hiked 10 miles with 24 pounds in my backpack I started to notice my toes were hurting. I bought some moleskin and applied that today...
  9. M

    New product for blisters?

    Has anyone tried this for blisters? It's marketed for people who wear high heels, but it's supposed to prevent blisters. I'm thinking about getting a bottle, but wanted to get any testimonials first. https://preheels.com/
  10. Wokabaut_Meri

    Blister Taping Tutorials

    Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod) is a podiatrist from Esperance Western Australia with over 20 years experience in managing feet. I have used her website as a resource for many years but am not a client nor have any agreement, financial or otherwise. For those who are interested in taping techniques...
  11. PastorCat

    7 Ways To Eliminate Foot Pain While Hiking

    Hello pilgrims! Mike here. I'm a Camino vet. Walked SJPdP to Santiago in 37 days, August to September, 2014. Even though the experience included a 9hr walk through a driving rain storm, pneumonia, a hospital visit, a hernia rupture, and a three day "recuperating delay," the Camino was the best...
  12. VNwalking

    Blisters are Totally Optional

    This just out from the Australian podiatrist and expert about blister prevention and care, Rebecca Rushton: A 'must read' before setting foot on the way...
  13. Gareth Griffith

    Latest blister prevention technique

    Published today in the UK Daily Mail on line. Click the link to find out more. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3534057/Never-blisters-Scientists-spend-two-years-studying-runners-discover-strip-surgical-tape-solves-problem.html
  14. MaidinBham

    Who is the panty-liner-in-the-boot-genius?

    I used this method twice so far. Today with temps in hi 60's, liner socks, wool socks, (nothing else on feet such as anti-friction creams, tape etc) Panty liners tape side down and stuck on to insole insert. Very low profile, comfortable, and really noticed a difference in sweat accumulation...
  15. A

    ArmaSkin Anti Blister Socks

    EVERYONE is hoping to avoid blisters on the Camino. ArmaSkin anti blister sock liners provide protection against you developing painful and annoying foot blisters on your pilgrimage. Foot blisters can form when a number of conditions occur in your shoe or boot. These conditions are heat...
  16. TammyLynn

    Yes, Anonther footwear question..

    I know this has been discussed several times, I think I've read every thread. I have applied suggested advice on 2 caminos, but as I plan for my Fall camino it has surfaced again. I'm now on my 3rd pair of footwear. I started with a waterproof Solomon trail runners. I really wanted these to be...
  17. AlwynWellington

    10 things, or is it 11

    Kelvin Wright, Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, Aotearoa-New Zealand posted these 10 rules in August 2015, having completed a pilgrimage . Travel light. Travel lighter still. You think you need that? Really? Give it to another pilgrim. Post it home. Throw it away. You can get rid of another kg yet...
  18. David

    First aid on Camino - some thoughts

    Hi. I am recently back from doing seven weeks first aid. I am usually alone and having the comradeship, help, and support from JennyH94 really enhanced the whole experience for me (especially her wildly irreverent sense of humour that matches mine!). We met many injured pilgrims; Puenta La Reina...
  19. M

    Agony of de-feet: Trail Running Shoe (GTX) & SOCK Combo HELP

    All input greatly appreciated!!: Trail Runners with GTX: Looking for women's trail runner - wide toe box - GTX -D-width preferred I walked SJPDP to Ponferrada in May/June 2013. Amazing experience EXCEPT being plagued by BLISTERS from La Sportiva's (fitted too small) I am starting in...
  20. CaminoKate0214

    type 2 diabetes and possible blisters -- treatment?

    As a type 2 diabetic, I just cannot imagine doing the needle and thread thing! That would seem a great way to get a huge infection that would put a quick end to my Camino. Anyone here with ideas for diabetics to treat blisters? I've been wearing my hiking shoes for about three months now, so...

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