Prevention is better than cure

Blisters are better prevented than treated, so if you feel a hot spot on your heel, cover it immediately with tape such as Leukosilk and then Leukoplast on top. Some people do this before a hike to prevent the hot spots. Lanolin rich Australian Merino lambs’ wool, placed over the hotspot also works really well.

A Vaseline coating on the feet and between the toes prior to a hike also prevents rubbing and blisters, a trick employed by marathon runners for years. Good quality socks provide extra comfort and minimise rubbing. Talcum powder is great after a hike to help the feet recover.

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