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Why are blisters a problem?

Every walker, bush walker or hiker knows the perils of painful foot blisters. Something so seemingly insignificant can turn your journey into a very uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.

What causes foot blisters?

The answer is shear. Shear is the excessive stretching and tearing beneath the surface of the skin that leads to blisters. Shear is influenced by three things: the nature of your skin; your foot posture or function; and the amount of skin friction.

Prevention Strategies for Blisters

Read our strategies and see links to products to help here.

What do I do if I get a blister?


Intact Blister

Blisters are always best left intact to heal. To allow this to happen without further injury you will need to deflect pressure from the area using a 7mm felt donut pad covered in fixomull strapping. If the blister is difficult to deflect pressure from, swabbing the blister and then lancing it with a #15 scalpel blade to reduce direct pressure is necessary. (please note: any lanced blister is at risk of infection, please dress the blister with a sterile island dressing once it has been drained.

Ruptured Blister 

Sometimes, it is not possible to keep the blister intact and the roof of the lesion has come away, in this situation flush the raw wound with sterile saline, dry the surrounding tissue and dress with a sterile Comfeel dressing.

Hot Spots

Where you are consistently getting a hot spot or blister apply an Engo patch to the shoe, innersole, or orthotic adjacent to the hot spot to reduce the sheer force in that area.

Foot Health Clinic Blister Kit

Our blister kit contains all of the products mentioned on this page as well as instructions on how to use them. Alternatively you can buy most of the items individually if you prefer.

Individual Products list:
Pumice – Chiropody sponge ($6.00)
Urea Cream ($14.95)
Engo patches ($7.20 ea)
Comfeel dressings ($8.20 ea)
Cutiplast sterile dressings ($0.70ea)
Superfeet ($49.95 pair)
Wigwam Coolite hiker pro ($29.95)
Injinji liners ($19.95)
Silipos gel toe covers Narrow ($4 3cm) & Wide ($5 3cm)
Fixomull Dressing 5cmx10m ($26)
Fixomull Dressing 5cmx1m ($3)
1/4 Sheet Adhesive Felt 9cmx11cm approx ($10)

Packaged Products:
Injinji Liner and Wigwam Coolhiker Pro combo $44.95
Bulk Sock discount
4 for the price of 3

Foot Health Clinic Blister Kit: $56

• 2 x sterile Comfeel dressings (6cm x 4cm)
• 1 x adhesive felt sheet (9cm x 11cm)
• 2 x sterile Scalpel blades (size 15)
• 2 x ENGO large ovals
• 1 x Silicone gel toe sleeve (small)
• 1 x Silicone gel toe sleeve (large)
• 2 x Povidone iodine (Betadine) swabs
• 2 x Gloves (medium)
• ½ metre Fixomull tape (50cm)
• 2 x sterile Cutiplast / Primapore dressings (7cm x 5cm)
• 2 x Skin Prep swabs
• Instructions included


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