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How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?

In such cases I try to tie my shoelaces differently, to change the way my foot sits in the shoe - if my ankle is too loose (thus the blisters), I would try to change that in case I cannot get any help....
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How does zinc oxide work?

Zinc oxide has a very slight antimicrobial effect, whilst having little to no impact on human cells. This is more that the material is toxic to microbes than activating a body defence. It's the Zn^{2+...
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Sports tape to prevent blisters while backpacking?

Foot health and blister prevention is a large subject - you can literally write a book about it. My understanding was greatly increased by John Vonhof's Fixing Your Feet, which is regarded as the ...
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Post-hike Care and Pain Relief for Blisters and Hot Spots

As someone who thru-hiked the AT, and has had many a blister, I can safely say that you really need do nothing for them other than to remove the dead skin once the blister pops, off load any pressure ...
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How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes

I have routinely done week hikes with sufficient creek crossings that we didn't even try to keep dry feet. (Coral Creek has 22 crossings in 3 miles. Most of the trails in the area have at least a ...
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Sports tape to prevent blisters while backpacking?

I've personally used it to prevent blisters (and also tried going without it for comparison). In my experience it works wonders. I am quite prone to blisters when going without, but by going a day ...
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Sports tape to prevent blisters while backpacking?

I have used sports tape before and it does work to prevent blisters. Sometimes people will also use duct tape. Personally other ways of preventing blisters are better because you have to peel the ...
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How do I treat a blister? How can I prevent getting them in the first place?

The most successful method for me is using a lot of shea butter. Before and after a physical activity. Before it reduces friction and acts as moisturizing. After it can be used as a treatment cream ...
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