Here are a few steps you can do to help with the blisters and to prepare you for the walk, hike, run or marathon.
Firstly, blisters are caused by friction, so it is important to keep your feet dry, clean and reduce to friction as much as possible. Initial assessment should be focused towards your walking footwear. Make sure no aspects are rubbing or too tight. Approximately a thumbs width with be sufficient at the end of your shoe. Making sure to allow sufficient space for the height of the front of your shoe; this is called the toe box.
Secondly, socks-layering in two can help to prevent blisters. Also wearing polypropylene and other synthetic wicking fabrics can help with reduce moisture. Avoid cotton socks as they can be abrasive when moisture is absorbed. Nylon socks, also reduce friction.
Thirdly, we can try and toughen your skin up, try walking barefoot around your home and outdoors where safe. Id say the garden. This will toughen your soles. This is not suitable for diabetic patients or those who have experienced a loss in sensation within their feet. Application of surgical spirit can help toughen skin too.
Now actual topical prevents include mainly lubricates. Petroleum jelly does work. But also try body glide and Compeed anti blister stick. This has proved to show good results. To keep your feet dry, powders like talcum and corn starch are effective. There are also tapes you can apply like moleskin and zinc oxide tape to prone areas.
If you have a blister or several already, avoid from using non sterile techniques to pierce it. Leave the skin attached if the blister has drained itself. If you have any concerns see DG podiatrist at your earliest convenience.
DG wishes the best for you foot journeys.