It can be tricky to remove Compeed on a full blister without tearing the roof of skin off. That removal or tearing makes the blister more prone to infection. Compeed and similar products were intended to heal open sores. Using them as padding for foot blisters can lead to open sores. There are other ways to pad and protect blisters from being worn or abraded open.Just been to the pharmacy in Rabanal and they said do not remove the compeed, it's best to leave it as it is.
The next stage is, IMHO one of the most rugged, slippery sections of the whole Camino Francés. If you walk it with a large blister, you most probably will try and 'compensate' by trying to take your weight off that foot, meaning that you could start with problems on the other foot. If in doubt, take a taxi, at least on the downward section, from Foncebadón onwards.Thanks everyone for the replies. Just been to the pharmacy in Rabanal and they said do not remove the compeed, it's best to leave it as it is. I'll visit the health care in molinaseca (our next stop) if it get really bad.
It's a good idea to cover at least the edgedyof the Compeed with something like Omnifix tape.I should have mentioned earlier that a problem with Compeed is that as you walk the corners and edges of the pad come unstuck from your skin, roll up a bit and become stuck to your sock. Then when you remove your sock it can cause the blister roof to be torn off.
Perhaps continue in the sandals until the blister is fully healed. I also recommend applying Omnifix or Hypafix tape to any blister prone areas daily.Got to molinaseca safe and sound. Wore my walking sandals most of the way. Was able to remove the compeed and got some supplies from the pharmacy to burst the blister and strap it up tomorrow. Thanks everyone you are all wonderful
Omnifix is fantastic. I think it should be promoted as far better option to Compeed!Perhaps continue in the sandals until the blister is fully healed. I also recommend applying Omnifix or Hypafix tape to any blister prone areas daily.