The Best Way To Avoid Summer Blisters

Keep your feet feeling fabulous this summer with these easy blister-avoiding tricks

Tender feet are part of pregnancy and tend to continue on once you are chasing after your little ones. But it’s summer, so there’s no reason why you can’t be excited to wear your brand new strappy sandals that go perfectly with your new skirt.

You leave the house and walk towards your neighbourhood coffee shop, when BAM! Instant blisters. Add to that your already tender feet and those new sandals might seem like a bad idea.

If you suffer from sore, blistered feet all summer, we’ve rounded up some tips to help you, so you can slip back into those sandals in no time!

Prevention

The best step to avoid blisters is to prevent them first. A top tip is to use a spray deodorant (make sure it won’t ruin the material of your shoes), so that you’re feet don’t sweat and cause friction, which is the number one cause of blisters.

Another option is to purchase a blister stick that you rub on your feet like chapstick or deodorant. These sticks can be expensive, so save them for blister-prone areas. Another way to cut the cost on this is to use a plain, beeswax lip balm or deodorant stick.

If you’re wearing flats, invest in several pairs of non-slip, no-show sock liners. Cotton ones are great for summer to avoid sweat and the smell of wearing flats all day, while also protecting your feet from new leather!

Breaking in shoes is a great way to prevent a blister on the go. Put on a pair of thick athletic or wool socks and stretch out the shoe at home. Break in shoes in small doses and test them out before a big event like a wedding or travelling.

Treatment

If you’ve got a blister, the best thing you can do is to put a band aid on right away. Blister band-aids work great, but even plain fabric ones work well to protect raw skin from an offending strap. You can even use band-aids as a preventative measure in a spot you know is prone to hurt.

Afterwards, avoid picking at the blister, let it heal and please, avoid the offending shoe. If you’re lucky enough to live near an ocean or are on vacation, salt water is a natural antiseptic and can speed up the healing process. Apply Polysporin at home, and change band-aids once a day.

Pedicures are also a big no-no with an open blister. You can give yourself a pedicure at home, but avoid public spas and pools until it’s safe!

Best shoes

To avoid blisters, look for shoes and sandals that come in soft suede or leather. These will mould to your feet and work great with summer’s humidity. Rigid, patent leather or fabrics can literally cut into skin, so if you’re looking to invest, make sure your new shoes are lined with soft leather or suede to make the going easy.

 

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