Woman hiking in mountains

Preventing blisters
on your hike

Happier hiking with foot care
that prevents and heals.
Hiking is fun, good exercise and healthy. At the same time, the long distances can be particularly stressful for your feet. As a result, skin irritations and blisters may form due to pressure and friction. But hikers can prevent unwanted annoyances with this handy guide to preventing blisters while hiking.

The Hansaplast checklist for hikers

Maike Kuhlmann
Dr Maike Kuhlmann
Research & Development, Beiersdorf AG
Aside from the usual water, compass and other provisions you should have with you, it’s important to take along items that will protect your foot skin against blisters. Dr Maike Kuhlmann from Hansaplast Research and Development recommends, “Hikers should always remember to pack blister plasters and an extra pair of socks. An additional antiperspirant for your feet, such as the Hansaplast Silver Active Foot Spray, keeps feet dry and thanks to its antibacterial formula, reliably prevents foot odour and moisture. Hansaplast Fixation tape is also excellent as a first aid measure in the case of a sprain or joint issues.”

Footwear recommendations for hikers

Proper footwear is also extremely important for a successful hiking trip. Dr Kuhlmann says, “Normal trainers or all-round boots are not suitable. They’re often too soft and don’t provide the necessary support during periods of extreme stress.” Adequate hiking shoes extend above the ankle or are manufactured in mid-height styles. They either have an extremely hard sole for multi-day journeys through the mountains or a softer sole for shorter, easier trips.
Close up of hiking shoes
Hiking shoes have either a hard sole for multi-day journeys or a softer sole for shorter trips.

Prevent blisters by buying the right shoes
and plasters

Cut to size plaster dressing
Areas affected by friction can been padded as you break-in your new hiking shoes.
When buying new hiking shoes, keep in mind that the feet swell during the day – it’s therefore recommended to buy them later in the day. It’s also important to break the shoes in before your hiking trip is set to take place. The stiffer the shoe, the more you’ll need to break it in. Dr Kuhlmann recommends, “Particularly hard spots or those affected by friction can be padded during the break-in period with Hansaplast Pressure Stop Plasters to prevent blisters”. 

First aid for blisters on your hike

If a blister does form, despite taking preventive measures, it’s important to act quickly. According to Dr Kuhlmann, “You should immediately take a break at the first sign of burning or pressure and take off your shoes as quickly as possible”. She says, “First dry your skin and then cushion the sore spot, blister or wound. The new Hansaplast Blister Plaster is perfect for this kind of job. These plasters immediately protect the affected area and promote wound healing thanks to the Active Gel Cushion. Through the high level of adhesion and extreme flexibility as well as the robust, protective surface, they are also extremely comfortable to wear.”
Achilles tendon with Hansaplast Blister Plaster
If you notice a blister forming, take a break and apply a plaster.

Be prepared with these Hansaplast products

If you’re planning a hiking trip, you should take a moment to learn more about these Hansaplast products designed to prevent blisters, odours, moisture and other unwanted annoyances out on the trail. If, for some reason, you still experience blistering, these products also offer ideal care and relief. Prevent blisters and friction with Hansplast Pressure Stop Plaster that comes as transparent patches. If you already have a blister, reduce the pain from pressure and protect the blister with a Hansaplast Blister Plaster. Secure bandages with the easy-to-tear Hansaplast Fixation Tape. Protect your feet from sweat, odour and athlete’s foot and get 48-hour protection with Hansaplast Silver Active Foot Spray.

Range of waterproof Hansaplast plasters

For further information regarding Hansaplast products, please contact us via email on phc@beiersdorf.com. Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Consult a health professional if our tips won‘t help or in case you have or suspect a medical condition.
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