After the extended hikes this past weekend and all the tired muscles and sore feet, the blisters have arrived. Susie has blisters on her baby toes of both feet. I developed blisters on the next toes over of both my feet! Funny what a few extra miles can create…so we have learned the following:
Blisters develop when faced with friction, heat, dirt, and moisture. If you keep walking, cover the area with moleskin, zinc oxide tape, or a bandage. Decide if you want to let the blister heal by itself or whether you want to drain it. As a general rule of thumb, if the blister is not making walking painful, then you should let it heal by itself. If it is impractical to let the blister heal, treat it by draining it. Start by sterilizing a needle with alcohol or boiling water, or use a pre-sterilised medical hypodermic needle to pop the bubble.
If you continue the exercise which caused the blister in the first place, apply a measure of iodine antiseptic, cover with a non-adherent dressing and secure in place with a strong tape. This will prevent infection, allow easy dressing removal, and secure the site against further friction respectively. Keep it clean. Check the blister daily and continue to keep it clean, applying further iodine antiseptic if needed. (for more info click here).
So bring it on Camino! We know we will be getting many more blisters and are prepared!
P.S. We anticipate a pedicure and foot massage in the near future 🙂