Posted by Bethan Bithell on 8th May 2015
What causes foot blisters?
No matter what your activity, whether it be hiking, dog walking, shooting or farm work, foot blisters are a common ailment.
There are many causes of foot blisters, including heat, moisture and of course pressure against various parts of the foot. Minimising friction is a key factor to help prevent blisters from occurring!
Blisters develop as a result of soft tissue layers in the foot rubbing against each other and this is known as “ shear“, which is the movement of these layers. This is a natural occurrence and cannot be prevented. As these connected soft tissue layers rub against each other the connections break, resulting in a build up of ‘protective’ fluid in a bubble (i.e. a blister). In order to prevent blisters, the friction needs to be reduced and one way to do this is to ensure that any friction is re-directed to a point between the sock and the footwear being worn. For more information on ‘Shear’ please read an interesting article from BlisterPrevention.com.
Blister Prevention methods
Reduce friction by wearing:
- the right fit boots or shoes
- moisture wicking socks
- double layer socks
- shock absorbing insoles
Traditional leather walking boots offer protection from both friction and heat through new features, such as an ankle – lock system to help reduce ankle and foot movement. Other technologies which help blister prevention include anti-tendonitis relief, cushioned toe joints and self-locking hooks.
The Grisport Italian made walking boots have been designed with a unique five layer sole unit which offers stability, grip, traction and comfort, straight from the box. In addition, a carefully designed mid-sole has been made from low-density PU, which reduces the weight of the boot and enhances a comfortable walk.
These boots come with an anatomically designed insole which offers arch support to reduce foot ache. They have also been treated with an anti-bacterial compound to prevent feet from overheating!
Lightweight, waterproof and breathable walking shoes are available in both fabric and leather materials.
Designed with carefully prepared insoles, these walking shoes will help to provide the support and cushioning needed, when out walking.
These carefully selected walking shoes are now available for both men and women, in various sizes and colours.
Anti Blister Walking Socks
Good quality walking socks are vital to help prevent blisters.
Anti-blister socks are carefully crafted to offer the cushioning and support needed to ensure a comfortable walk.
Using top performance technology such as a double layer construction, and Coolmax fabric or lycra, these anti- blister walking socks will help to prevent your feet from overheating and ‘rubbing’.
Click here to find out more about anti-blister walking socks.
Walking Gel Insoles
If you suffer with heel pains when out walking, or the soles of your feet hurt, you may need to change the type of insoles you are using inside your walking boots.
The key areas of the foot that need protection from ‘shock’, is the ball of the foot and the heel. Our collection of insoles offer shock absorption at the ball of the foot, through gel support, and also an anti-shock feature at the heel.
It’s worth noting that many walkers suffer with ‘foot ache’ as a result of poorly fitted boots and insufficient arch support. For further information please read our ‘Which walking boot insoles?‘ guide