Blisters are the bane of the hikers existence. When you’re on your feet for 8+ hours through rocky terrain and muddy waters, your feet can take a battering and blisters are common.
Don’t settle for uncomfortable. Blisters can be prevented.
Follow this guide for some easy blister prevention techniques that will save your feet next time you pull on those boots.
ZINC OXIDE TAPE can be used to help prevent blisters, especially around the feet and ankles. It works by preventing your shoe or sock from rubbing directly against the skin. It is incredibly sticky, but also lightweight and breathable. This means that moisture passes through the tape and prevents blisters from forming due to excess moisture around the foot.
ZINC OXIDE TAPE is also softer than many other sports tapes, making it the most comfortable tape to wear in all conditions. It is also very thin, which means it conforms well to the skin, it won’t peel as you run or hike.
You should tape any area that is prone to blisters with a short strip of ZINC OXIDE TAPE in order to prevent the friction that causes the blister.
For the longest-lasting results, use Kinesiology Tape over the top of your Zinc Oxide tape application in order to waterproof the tape. Zinc Oxide tape will only last 1 day, whereas Kinesiology Tape is waterproof and will last 3+ days on the foot and ankle.
HOW TO USE ZINC OXIDE TAPE FOR BLISTERS
If you always develop blisters in the same place when running or hiking, try these techniques to prevent blisters from developing…
1. TAPE DIRECTLY ON TO THE SKIN
Rip a few small strips of ZINC OXIDE TAPE. Preferably SPORTTAPE ZINC OXIDE TAN. Then stick them directly onto your skin where your blisters normally form. You want to cover as much skin as needed to prevent friction.
Because Zinc Oxide tape is non-elastic, using too much tape will restrict movement, so only use short strips.
Cover your ZINC OXIDE TAPE with a short strip of KINESIOLOGY TAPE. K Tape is water-resistant, and uses a stronger glue than even the stickiest Zinc Oxide Tapes. Give it 30 minutes to set, and you’re good to go!
2. TAPE YOUR INSOLE
Insoles in running shoes and walking boots don’t have particularly soft edges, especially on the inside arch.
Insoles are the most common cause of blisters. They can cause real irritation when wearing them for long stretches of time. Especially when your feet are sweating, or getting soaked from wading through streams!
Use SPORTTAPE KINESIOLOGY TAPE or SPORTTAPE ZINC OXIDE TAPE to prevent blisters causes by insole friction. Fold one strip of tape carefully around the inside edge of your insole. This creates a softer and more forgiving surface that your feet will thank you for.