A patcher will ask, ‘What’s the point of bursting the blister if you end up doing what patchers prefer doing, and covering the painful area with a protective membrane?’
There are several products on the market that provide a high-tech solution to the problem. Real hikers never use them, so the bluffer should do so discreetly, if at all.
The sensible way to treat blisters is to avoid them in the first place. Always:
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• Wear good hiking socks. Seamless are best because there are no seams to rub against your feet. Darning just isn’t an option. Rumours that hikers should change their socks on a daily basis are false. Any hiker knows that it takes four days for a sock to mould itself to the foot, thereby creating the perfect fit. So always make sure that you have the right sock on the right foot.
• Tie laces tightly enough to prevent your boots from rubbing. If that means a double knot under your chin, then so be it.
• As hard skin prevents blisters, walk about barefoot before going for a hike.
• Remove any foreign bodies you find in your socks. Tell them to buy their own.