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Blisters are the bane of any hiker's existence. They can be avoided, however. Blisters are caused by moisture, heat, and friction against your skin. Wear boots or hiking shoes that fit properly. If you are hiking for an extended period of time, bring a change of socks. Switch pairs about halfway through your hike (or sooner, if your feet get wet during your trip). If you consciously decide to get wet during the trip -- by cooling off in a stream, for example -- be absolutely sure you thoroughly dry your feet before replacing your socks and boots.
Some suggestions for buying the right shoes to avoid blisters:
- If you find a comfortable pair of running shoes, you can wear them on your hike, providing it's a short hike on flat terrain.
- Find retail brands that make shoes and boots, like montrail hiking boots, which provide options for men and women.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|