Nothing puts a dampener on a hunting trip quicker than blisters, and the second you can feel these painful and irritating sores starting to occur, you won’t be able to take your mind off them. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of preventive measures you can take to ensure your feet stay blister free, and it all starts with choosing the best hunting boots for your foot.
Considering we put our trust in our hunting boots to keep us free from blisters and anything else we might encounter, it makes sense that choosing the right pair is the first step to comfortable feet. When buying new hunting boots, always ensure they fit correctly and wear a sock liner under your regular socks to keep friction from occurring.
Once your boots are on, your boot lacing techniques are just as important. You need to be lacing boots so that they prevent foot blisters before they even begin.
Try a specialized lacing technique that provides tension on the heel to prevent slipping, such as a surgeon’s knot. Knowing how to keep heels from slipping is as simple as practicing this knot, and it works just as well on all types of hunting boots.
Finally, choose a boot that offers waterproof protection. Not only will you benefit from the comfort of having a dry foot, but the moisture will be wicked away. This means less friction between your foot and the boot, and less chance of irritation occurring resulting in a heel blister.
If you’ve done all you can in preventing blisters on heels but you still get unlucky, there are some things you must do at first sign of these nasty sores.
One of the biggest problems with having a blister while you’re out on a hunting trip is that they can quickly become infected. Keep an eye on any sore spots and treat them quickly to avoid them turning into one of these painful injuries.
Preventing blisters on heels takes a multi-pronged approach, including everything from choosing the right boots to learning how to tie them. However, a little bit of prevention and preparation can guarantee your feet stay free from blisters, so you can get on with enjoying the hunt.