6 Replies to “How do I avoid blisters?”

  1. I’ve heard vasiline (petroleum jelly) works well, but I don’t like the feel of it. I’ve found a product in the UK that has kept me blister free during long, frequent walks, that isn’t quite as gooey. It is also a “healing herb” base, comfrey, which has done well for an antiseptic and muscle/bruise healer for me: http://www.organicaj.co.uk/prods/comfrey-ointment.html. Their calendula ointment and foot balm also work well for blister prevention. And for ultra protection on known problem areas…Compeed. Available in the US, EU and UK under that name.

  2. I have done the Camino twice, 2009-2010, both times I only had minimal blisters, the first year used Compeed, but found during the day it would come free and was more of a hindrance than a help. Last year before leaving to start the Camino, i made sure my feet where hydrated well, (good quality foot cream)., that will start you off. Along the way, after your days walk you can continue with the cream. If you have any signs of blisters or just sore spots, use Elastoplast straight over the sore spot, a couple of pieces should do the trick. By chance you get a blister, just pierce with a needle, making sure you get all the fluid out, then cover with Elastoplast. Make sure you renew at the end of every day. It helped and i never had any problems. Hope this helps. “BUEN CAMINO”

  3. I would avoid campeed as a remedy UNLESSI had tried it AHEAD OF TIME and for a non-emergency. I find that campeed cooks my skin–people have different reactions to it–it doesn’t let skin breathe or release moisture and the result is that “dead skin” look. Instead, a pair of light-weight Coolmax socks and then wool over that or one of the wonderful new two plys socks–but try anything out ahead of time.
    Advice from one who has been there–make sure your shoes fit perfectly–ANY binding, ANY tightness, even in adjacent muscles, as in shin, ankle, calf–GET A DIFFERENT PAIR–breaking them in is not the answer, they won’t get better–it is the angle or the way they make you walk. ANd by the way, if you walk oddly, as I do, be ready to wear out the skin on your feet in remarkable patterns! My wife wore Montrails and had NO problem at all–not a blister. I had originally bought Eccos for us, I wore mine on the walk but I changed hers out after she noticed recurring shin-splints. The result: I not only had blisters, but my heels “delaminated”–yes, came apart so that the pad of the heel separated from the foot in from the back a depth of an inch or more. Not pretty. I learned to saturate the heels with Betadine and then hold the foot together with paper surgical tape–not plastic, not campeed–and slip it in the shoe–after about 20 minutes I couldn’t feel the damage and walked for hours. Live and learn.
    The Red Cross is very generous about helping you nurse blistered and wounded feet–use them! Students at a late-in-the-walk foot clinic in Galicia turned a little green and went home to rethink their career choice when they saw my heels. The veteran who ran the clinic was a champ and recommended that no matter how carefully I treated and wrapped my feet at the beginning of the walk each day, EVERY TIME-and that is EVERY TIME I encountered cool fresh running water, I was to take off the shoes, socks, dressing–down to the bare tootsies, and soak them to numbness in the water, at least 20 minutes even if this added hours to the walk. My blister-free wife and I finished the walk from St. Jean to Santiago in 35 days and I lived to dance on the shore at FInisterre! One last thing: think of walking sticks to ease uphill or downhill. They are a blessing!
    Learn from one who has been there!

  4. I used a pair of womens pantys underneath the white socks, and a lot of talcum powder. Never ever had a problem in 45 days of walking.

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