As temperatures warm, many of us resume springtime activities like hiking, jogging and running. The downside is blisters, which form when friction between our feet and shoes causes the skin’s top layer to split and fluid to accumulate.
The key to preventing blisters is to reduce friction. Unfortunately, most first-aid books encourage you to lubricate feet with petroleum jelly, but as the name implies, it’s not an eco-friendly product.
Once a blister forms, there’s no better dressing than your own skin, “so you should not peel off the top layer of a blister,” says Brian B. Adams, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati.
Blisters normally do not become infected, Dr. Adams says. But redness, increased pain, warm skin and the presence of pus indicate an infection, which requires medical attention.
- Wear organic, moisture-wicking socks, such as Maggie’s Functional Organics Sports Socks or Fox River Organic Socks for men and women.
- Buy shoes that fit. Break them in before undertaking a long run or hike.
- Lubricate feet to prevent chafing. (See product recommendations, above.)
- Apply blister blocks to blister-prone areas. Check out Band-Aid Blister Block.