If you love hiking so much that you do it as often as you can then you definitely have experienced getting blisters every now and then. Blisters are quite painful and are caused by the friction made by your feet and hiking boots while you are stepping up or lifting your feet.
It is really unfortunate to experience this but remember that you’re not the only one. This article would have never existed if only a few people experience blisters.
To help you with your problem, here are the proper ways to treat your blisters.
- It’s your choice whether to pop it or not
It is up to you whether you want to pop that blister on your feet or not. Different people have different opinions about popping them. Some believe that they should be popped always while some believe that you should never pop it. To be fair to everyone, those opinions are both right. But wait, don’t get confused yet. Like what was said earlier, it is your choice and your decision whether what you are going to do with the blisters.
However, if you really can’t decide on your own, you can follow some tips. If the blisters are causing too much pain and seem to burst when you walk, then it is time to pop it. While if it is still possible for you to walk and you feel like it creates a sort of padding, let it be.
You can also pop the biggest blister and let the smaller ones heal on their own.
- It is essential that you pop it with care
Once you have finally decided to pop that painful blister on your feet, make sure to do the act in a clean environment to prevent infection. You can do it at home or anywhere that’s clean. If you are planning on going out, it is better if you pop it when you go home. However, there can be instances that you have no other choice but to do it while you are outside.
To ensure that your popping procedure is safe, follow the steps below:
- Clean the area using an alcohol wipe
- Sterilize the tip of your knife or needle using the flame of your stove or lighter
- Puncture a very small hole on the blister
- Massage the area to let all the liquid out
- Sanitize the area by using an antibiotic ointment
- Dress it with a band-aid or gauze
If the blister spot feels so painful, you can add moleskin as extra padding.
Tip: To ensure that your dressing will stick and stay in place, you can add several medical tape strips. Never use duct tape or leukotape as they can slow down the healing process and can even rip your wound open once you remove them.
Prevention is always better than cure, as cliché as that sounds. You can prevent blisters from happening through learning the proper ways to tie your hiking boots, so why not try this out.