Blisters

Blisters are an ever-recurring problem and prevention is better than cure for, within the limitations of an Expedition, it may only be possible to alleviate the condition.  The chances of blistering can be reduced by ensuring that footwear is well broken-in before the venture and that socks are free from darns.  Care should be taken to ensure that there are no wrinkles in the socks when they are put on.  Boots worn with two pairs of socks will cushion the feet and keep them warm but, in hot weather, will soften the feet. 

In hot, dry conditions walking in trainers with one pair of socks will do much to keep blisters at bay.  On arrival at the camp site boots and socks should be removed and, where possible, participants should move around without shoes and socks or in flip flops to allow the feet to harden, but make sure that your feet are not in danger from splinters or cuts or you will only exchange one problem for another.

At the first signs of discomfort footwear should be removed, even though it will bring the whole group to a halt.  The affected and surrounding area should be covered with comfort padding such as moleskin to reduce friction.  If a blister has already started to bubble, use a Compeed blister plaster, ensuring the foot is completely dry before sticking it on, cover with comfort padding and secure with fabric strapping.

At the first signs of discomfort footwear should be removed, even though it will bring the whole group to a halt.  The affected and surrounding area should be covered with thin chiropody felt or moleskin to reduce friction.