Great Big Blisters
Q. Dear Ed
I recently took part in the Shelter Box Challenge with some friends (30 miles over Dartmoor in 2 days with a box).
I have good boots (Salomon's) very comfy and Brasher 3 season socks which I always wear.
Until now I have only ever encountered a few hot spots on my feet but by the end of this trek they were the size of dinner plates.
Any ideas what has caused this and what can I do to prevent it happening again.
Paul Thompson, Falmouth
A. I've heard that '1000 Mile socks', which are guaranteed not to cause blisters, work well. These have a thin inner sock bonded to the thicker, outer sock.
Paul Gasson, Rhosneigr
A. In answer to the question about how to avoid blisters - rub your feet with surgical spirit a few times before your walk. Please make sure that you have no cuts or broken skin. Nurses used to do this to patients who were bed bound to prevent bed sores.
I am using it as I am walking 230 miles down the east coast in June for Edale & Buxton Mountain Rescue.
Cliff Grimshaw, Barnsley
A. See How to prevent blisters for more information on preventing blisters when walking and hiking.
Hope this helps