If you need to pack light but still have advanced blister treatment capabilities, the Advanced Blister Kit is the kit you should be looking at. It has the foot blister kit contents to achieve exactly this. Take a look at the video below to see what’s in it and how to use it.
Everyone has an opinion on what you should have in a good foot blister kit. Here’s mine.But first, any blister kit should be assembled with 5 goals in mind, to:
- Keep your blister as pain-free as possible
- Stop your blister roof from tearing or deroofing
- Prevent your blister from getting infected
- Make your blister heal as quickly as possible
- And even to stop your hot-spot from becoming a blister in the first place
Blister Kits for Hiking and Running
Take your foot blister kit to the next level. Here are the 5 best blister kit contents you won’t see in your average kit:
1) Gel toe sleeves
I think a couple of gel toe sleeves (open at the ends) or caps (enclosed at the end) are a must-have blister kit inclusion. The gel absorbs blister-causing forces like nothing else and is the best way to prevent the majority of toe blisters, particularly pinch blisters! They can be cut to length and are perfectly elasticised so as not to fall off, but at the same time, not cut the circulation off to your toe. Their longevity will be determined by the amount of grit and the intensity of the exercise they are subjected to – but they’re quite hardy, washable and can be reused day after day. I wouldn’t leave home without a couple!
2. Orthopedic felt
Felt can be cut to shape to produce donut pads (and modified donut pads) to deflect pressure from blisters, corns or any painful bony prominence. Felt is self-adhesive – just peel the paper off the back and apply to the skin so that the blister (or blister prone area) is in the aperture. Secure with Fixomull tape so the pad will remain in place despite the rigors of your activity. Hapla is my favourite brand of felt.
3. ENGO Blister Patches
ENGO Blister Patches are an excellent choice for long term blister prevention. These self-adhesive patches apply to your shoe not your skin and last for around 500kms of wear. By adhering to the shoe or insole, they last longer than if you applied them to your skin (ie: tape) and perspiration does not compromise adhesion. The blue surface of the patches is a Teflon-like material (PTFE) that reduces the coefficient of friction by up to 80% and patches can be cut to size. Footwear needs to be dry before you apply the patches.
4. Scalpel blades
If you need to lance a blister, use a scalpel blade ideally, rather than a pin or needle. These top-of-the-range Swann Morton scalpel blades are packaged so they’re easy to carry but must be disposed of adequately (into a sharps container, not just any old bin). They’re sterile, so you don’t need to worry about flames or disinfectants etc before use. Whats more, they do a better job than a needle – a pinprick will close over rather quickly and allow blister fluid to accumulate again. Pictured here is a #15 which I use everyday at work and I like it for lancing blisters because you don’t have to poke it into the blister very far to make the right kind of hole in your blister roof.
5. Hydrocolloid blister plasters
Hydrocolloid blister plasters are used to heal deroofed blisters. They create a gel under the plaster that facilitates rapid skin healing. You don’t use these dressings on intact blisters, torn blister or scabs. They are used on raw and slightly weepy sores. This material is the perfect replacement for a blister roof in the unfortunate situation when your blister roof has rubbed off. They are waterproof and one plaster can last for days.
Do the contents of your blister kit allow you to: keep your blister as pain-free; stop your blister roof from tearing; prevent your blister from getting infected; make your blister heal as quickly as possible; and even to stop your hot-spot from becoming a blister in the first place?
If not, it’s not a very good foot blister kit.