When you embark on a long walk like the Wicklow Way or Camino de Santiago, you expect to feel some extent of aches, pains and tiredness. But you can often walk through these factors or at least resume walking after a relatively short rest.
However, aside from injury, there’s one thing that can really impede your ability to walk – blisters. These little bubbles can grow into something much worse and cause a great deal of pain (and frustration when you cannot continue).
But how to alleviate the pain cause by blisters?
Quick Answer: Compeed / Second-Skin
How to Alleviate the Pain Caused by Blisters
It should go without saying that proper rest is one of the best ways to allow blisters to heal. There’s also a lot to be said about building up resilience slowly and not over-doing it with distance each day. But no amount of told-you-so will help with blisters when they come and the tiny item that will actually help is called compeed or second-skin. It’s not a long-term solution but this type of plaster can provide immediate relief and allow you to walk with minimal pain/pressure.
Just so you know, compede is a plaster that protects an open would from rubbing, while preventing dirt and germs from getting inside the wound. It absorbs moisture from the blister and dries out the wound to make it more permeable.
Here’s a bit more to help you avoid blisters on a long distance walk.
Why Blisters Happen and How to Continue Walking in Spite of Blisters
You can end up with blisters for many reasons and this mostly happens due to walking long distances or wearing the wrong hiking shoes. Here’s a few ways that you can help reduce the likelihood of blisters on a long walk:
- Take off your shoes and socks from time to time and dry your feet.
- Wash and dry your feet in rivers or next to fountains or with bottle water.
- Change socks as often as possibly – especially when wet/sweaty.
- Use padded insoles that feel comfortable.
- Wear better hiking socks and properly sized hiking shoes.