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    I know that there was recently a thread about what to do about blisters in the field, but this is slightly different. I leave for a sheep hunt in one week and I developed a pretty substantial heel blister on a hike yesterday. Since I have a week before I have to worry about strapping the boots back on again, I am contemplating taking the the layer of skin on the blister off to allow the underside to toughen up. Good idea? or would I be better off leaving it on. Home remedies and grandma's secret cures welcome.

    -Carnivore
    Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.
    Genesis 9:3

  • #2
    If you could keep it air to it all week I might take it off. I've also hear that duct tape can be a lifesaver although i've never tried it personally. maybe someone else can comment who has tried this?

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    • #3
      cure...but worth it?

      I have a cure but it is WAY painful...I know because I have used it. Take a TB or diabetic syringe with a fine needle and aspirate the blister. Then completely fill the deflated blister with Tincture of Benzoin (this is mostly methol alcohol and is used by atheletic trainers and has gone by the name of Tough Skin). When you inject the T of B into the old blister cavity it will sting, I mean REALLY STING, like on fire but apply firm compression to the blister and it will now be numb (the alc will kill the terminal nerve endings) and the top layer of skin will be stuck down for 3 to 6 weeks. I have used this on myself for blisters up to the size of a 50 cent piece....
      but it is most unconfortable. This is not for the faint of heart...but does work!
      "Actions speak louder than words - 'nough said"

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      • #4
        blisters

        boy shphtr, i have no doubt that works. you were right that this would not be for the faint of heart. just reading that makes me think i would rather just take the foot off at the ankle!! :-) Eric
        EricL

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        • #5
          Heel blisters

          Anyone know of any kind of pads or inserts for heels that might mold to your foot to prevent heel blisters. Those of us with narrow heels tend to get some heel rub. I've always double layered socks to get by.

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          • #6
            What kind of socks(liners ?) and boots are you wearing that you got blisters before your hunt. It doesn't sound good that you are getting blisters from a little hike training prior to the hunt itself? Sounds like a recipe for destruction to me.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AlaskaCub
              What kind of socks(liners ?) and boots are you wearing that you got blisters before your hunt. It doesn't sound good that you are getting blisters from a little hike training prior to the hunt itself? Sounds like a recipe for destruction to me.
              Wearing smartwool socks and meindle boots.
              Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.
              Genesis 9:3

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              • #8
                I thoght so, I can tell you that I always wear poly liners under smart wools, thorlos and anything else when I am climbing in the mountains, it reduces the friction on your skin from the sock itself and keeps moisture off your feet. Somebody else might want to jump in here on this one and give their opinion. I was taught a long time ago when learning about mountaineering that a liner sock is a must. I too am wearing Meindls (the Alaska Hunters). A couple years ago I got a nasty blister and it was when I was chasing Caribou up on the North Slope and didn't have my liners on just the Thorlos and I will never do that again. A couple hours later I had a nasty blister, it was my own fault though as I knew better than that but didn't plan on being out that long and covering as much ground as I did,never again. Just food for thought, highly reccomend some poly pro sock liners. You should be able to put a blister pad on that blister wear the liner and a sock and be fine, many have done it.Good luck.

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                • #9
                  duoderm

                  I don't know if this will help you or not but there is a product called duoderm that comes in several different sized patches. This stuff is a closed cell dense foam approx. 1/8" thick with a very sticky back. I used it on a caribou hunt a couple years ago after blisters had developed early in the hunt, and it worked great. Once applied it won't easily peel off, if fact, it takes a lot of effort to remove. I say " I don't know if it will help you or not" because I think you can only get it at medical supply stores or hospitals, etc. If you can get ahold of some you won't be disappointed.

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                  • #10
                    blisters

                    I have done the Tof B shots. It is the most intense pain I have felt. It only lasts a little while though and the benefits to your foot far outwiegh the temporary pain.
                    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Service Member.

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                    • #11
                      A less manly option

                      But it has worked for me on big heel blisters are the active flex bandaids I mentioned on the other thread. Just make sure you get the size made for heel blisters. They stay on for a coouple of days. If these don't work you could revert to the "most intense pain I have ever felt " method.
                      Good luck,
                      Dave

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                      • #12
                        blister prevention......

                        ....always better than treatment. As everyone knows break in your boots and in addition wear some liner socks. The theory here is that the heat of friction from hiking etc. will then be between the liner sock and the absorbent sock instead of between the skin of the foot and the single sock. Many authorities state that the heat from the friction is the primary etiologic factor in blister formation.....whatever....it works!
                        "Actions speak louder than words - 'nough said"

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                        • #13
                          Blister care

                          I did a lot of reading a bit ago when my new Lowa's were blistering my narrow heels. Check out this article, it covers most techniques including the "extreme blister treatment" referenced above. http://www.gannon.edu/resource/other...oot%20Care.doc (document is okay to open)

                          I'm taking some TofB and a Spenco "Blister Kit" along just in case. For prevention - you may want to try a product called "Two Toms Sport Sheild" (formerly "Blister Shield"). It is a silicone-based product which has worked GREAT for me, apply just a bit on the heels before and during a long hike. Not greasy. Campmor has it for $10:

                          Sport Shield: http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226

                          Spenco Kit: http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226

                          Good Luck on the hunt. Bill

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                          • #14
                            Insoles

                            I have found that the "Superfeet" brand on insoles really help anchor my narrow heels in my Meindel Canada Hunters. I think that Campmor sells them. Hot spots (or any other foot discomfort) have to be dealt with immediately even though it means stopping for a while to prep your foot for the remedy. Good Luck!

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                            • #15
                              shphtr

                              well said, that was exactly what I was trying to explain to him. The friction from smart wool or thorlos to the skin of the foot without a liner sock is root cause for the blisters. Carnivore, make sure you get you some liner socks!

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