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366 Hespeler Road Unit #12
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6J6
519-624-4122

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Hey Hikers!

    Its a common story with our patients. You have been out enjoying one of the areas beautiful trails, and have been wearing your new hikers. During the hike you note no pain. Its only when you are finished and remove those hiking boots that you notice a HUGE blister! And it hurts. Now what?

    You come to see us of course! A blister is caused by friction between the foot and some sort of external force or material. In the case of hikers, it is likely to occur after longer-than-normal hikes, or during the break-in period for new hiking boots.  While a blister is not a serious condition, it can be very painful, and some treatment methods are better than others. Here are some tips for dealing with blisters during or after long hikes.

    The most important thing when it comes to blisters is: try not to pop them! The roof of the blister is generally only removed if the blister becomes infected or if the pain caused by the blister is absolutely unbearable.  In general, we recommend seeing a specialist to lance the blister. What this means is a small needle is inserted into the blister (so small that you won’t even feel it), and the serous fluid inside it is drained. The roof remains intact and then an antibiotic ointment is applied to prevent infection. We recommend having a professional do this, because lancing of any kind creates a portal of entry for infection. However, in cases of emergency (such as being stuck in the wilderness due to blister pain), lancing  could be performed with a sterile pin. 

    Another aspect that could lead to blister formation during hiking is abnormal foot mechanics creating friction with the shoe. This type of problem is best treated with orthotics. If you think abnormal foot motion could be increasing your risk for blisters during hikes, give us a call at 519-624-4122!

Be safe out on those trails! 

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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122