Q: How can I prevent blisters caused by hiking?
To avoid blisters:
- Make sure you have well fitted hiking boots.
- Break in hiking shoes or boots well before your hike.
- Wrap your blister-prone spots with athletic tape.
- Keep your socks dry.
If you find a blister is forming, you should try to adjust your sock from rubbing against the blister area, stop often to let your feet rest, and choose a different hiking rhythm to ease the pressure. There are also several bandage-like products on the market that can help once blisters have formed.