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.
Just now came across this comment in 2019 from Camino Medic and Veteran Member David about Compeed: Part of his explanation and advice about Compeed included: "and never use one ever again", which caused me to chuckle, and heartily agree. (And not to start a new argument, but I believe a similar sentiment about "10% of your body weight" is in order.) David as well as Dave Bugg and others have clarified that Compeed is intended to be used on a blister with a missing roof, which makes sense inasmuch as the tech was developed to prevent open wound infection while providing a protective cover for healing. On my 2016 Camino I came across Compeed for the first time. And in my inexperience I misused it for cushioning on expected blister sites. It actually kind of worked, it seemed at the time. All this has been exhaustively discussed before, so no need to react or comment. I was actually just admiring David's knowledgeable and vaguely light-hearted post. The depth of knowledge about all things Camino on this Forum is astounding.You do not need a podiatrist - any nurse or first aider will do - and, you can do this yourself if you have plasters and a couple of antiseptic swabs. The English refugio Gaucelmo in Rabanal has a large first aid kit in the office cupboard (on the right hand wall as you go in).
Wash feet. Gently peel off the Compeed - it is pretty sticky but will come off (and never use one ever again) then clean the area thoroughly. Use an antiseptic swab - if no swab soap wash the area, rinse, and then wash with vodka or similar. Then with a sterilised needle held horizontal to the skin pierce two holes, one either end of the blister and gently push blister down and flat until ALL the liquid has gone (have a tissue ready to catch the liquid). Dry and then apply antiseptic cream and then cover with a large plaster (band aid) - ideally the type that has a central pad with adhesive all the way round - and also ideally fabric as waterproof plasters tend not to stay on.
Then cover with another large plaster to act as a protective cushion and you are sorted.
However!! If when you take the Compeed off you find that the blister has burst or is weeping and there is inflammation in and/or around the injury - cover it with a plaster and immediately get yourself off to a nurse or hospital as you may have an infection and/or the beginnings of blood poisoning.
But if it is just a large blister that hasn't broken open to the air then there can be no infection so do the above and you will be fine.
It really is simple and it is painless.
Oh - and throw the rest of your Compeeds away
- and if you have any questions please do message me - sorry I am not there - Buen Camino!