Foot blisters? – Win two pairs of Injinji toe socks – they work!

We welcome Injinji Australia as a sponsor of Our Hiking Blog.

Sue has been wearing their fantastic socks for the last three or four years to help prevent blisters and swears by them. They have stopped her getting very nasty blisters from rubbing between her toes on many occasions.

She was so impressed how well they worked, she wrote up two posts about them:

Blisters? – Not this time, Sue tries Injinji hiking socks with success
and
Blisters, sore feet? These socks really work!

Injinji socks trekking

In addition, Georgie, one of our readers commented about them recently after completing the Overland Track , blister free:

The socks are not only brilliant for blisters, ie you don’t get any, but they are also fabulous for not getting foot fungus. I had wet socks and boots the whole of the OT, but I had Injinji socks on and didn’t get a blister or fungus on the track or after, unlike others in our group.

Each day I would pour the water out of my (Goretex) boots, so they were really wet, but with the socks my feet were not wrinkly or smelly (sounds gross). I wore 2 pairs of socks each day,the Injinji toe socks as inners and merino hiking socks. I would recommend them both.

As part of the sponsorship, we are running a competition to  give away two pairs of these terrific toesocks to one lucky reader.

What is up for grabs are the:

Injinji Outdoor – Quarter – RRP $32.95
Injinji Performance – Crew – RRP $27.95

That’s a total prize valued at $60.00 PLUS we will post them, for free,  anywhere in the world.

To enter the competition:

1. You must be a subscriber to Our Hiking Blog – it’s pretty simple read about it by clicking here.

2. “Leave a reply”  below (in 100 words or less) with your best tip on how to treat or prevent blisters.  All methods tried and true will be considered – Old wives tales, folk lore, potions and stuff your grandma suggested are all encourage (including ideas that actually work)

The competition will close on Saturday the 5th April (at midnight Australian eastern time for those who are pedants) . The judges decision is final and the winning criteria(s) will be very loose BUT very fair. (who is brave enough to argue with Sue and Clare?)

The winner will be announced on Sunday 6th April and the socks mailed once we make contact and get the correct address.

In addition, for Australian readers, Paul, from Injinji , is offering a 10% discount to “Our Hiking Blog” readers when purchasing by email, so check them out, and if you ever place an order, use the promotion code “Franksblog” to receive the discount.

Comments

    • Shirley says

      Congratulations Sue and Frank on sponsorship from Injinji.

      1) I always make sure that I “wear in” my walking shoes/boots before using on a long walk or hike.

      2) I do not wait until my feet start warning me about blisters; I rub Vaseline between my toes and all over my feet to just above my ankles before putting on my socks and walking shoes/boots.

      I have not as yet tried Injinji toe socks, but I believe winning two pairs of Injinji toe socks would be a real bonus!

  1. says

    The only way to avoid blisters is to avoid rubbing. This means wearing new boots in well before any big walk, ensuring they fit correctly, correct socks (I use two pairs of Explorer socks but am interested to see how these Injinji socks perform), and most importantly, stop and tape any area that might be rubbing using an Elastoplast type sports tape. I felt rubbing on the heel once, didn’t do anything about it and ended up with a small blister, it would have been easy to prevent if I had stopped and taped the area.

  2. says

    Congratulations on sponsorship from Injinji.

    As a result of this post I did some further research about Injinji toe socks and just ordered a pair of Outdoor Crew XL forest oolour.

    I look forward to testing them in a few weeks from now.

    Regards

    Allan McDonald
    EQUIPnTRIP

  3. Matt says

    My tip for your socks offer would be that its imperative to “wear in” your boots. No earth shattering advice there, but if you can prevent blisters from forming in the first place your hike will be a hellava lot more enjoyable.

  4. says

    When thinking about preventing blisters we tend to think about keeping dry… What we often don’t take into consideration is keeping ourselves properly hydrated. Low sodium can cause feet to swell and dehydration also causes low skin turgor, meaning that skin is more loose and can change shape or fold more easily. Both of these can result in more friction and therefore a greater chance of blisters.

  5. Brendan Jones says

    I always get blisters on my heels if I don’t tape them preemptively- it’s an unfortunate by-product of my funny shaped heels!

    Beyond that, though, I can always feel the difference at the end of a day from whether or not I have taken my boots off at some point. Blisters are made by friction, and friction creates heat, so taking some of that heat away (we all know what a ‘hot spot’ feels like) helps slow down blister creation. In the hot Australian summer I find it makes such a difference if I’ve taken my boots off over lunch.

    It only takes a minute to slip your shoes and socks off! It also dries your feet out if you’ve been sweating a lot, as I tend to do (too much detail?). The fun bit is finding some way to sit without getting your feet all dirty…

  6. Jenni says

    Prevention is always better than cure!

    My advice for avoiding blisters is to:

    1. Ensure that boots that require wearing in are worn in gradually (around the house, trips to the shops etc before longer walks are attempted). Some boots require a lot of wearing in, others very little.

    2. Wear good quality socks – I always wear two pairs on extended walks – a thinner inner (to date coolmax if warm, a thermal inner if cold) and a thicker outer sock (merino wool). Sounds like Ininji are worth trying as an inner – also great at the end of the day around camp!

    In the last 9 years of walking I have never had a blister!

  7. Frank says

    @ Adam – 2 pairs of Explorers! That’s a lot of padding. I always tape pre walk, great ideas thanks

    @ Allan – thanks for dropping by, hope you used the discount code! I like your YouTube site, very interesting.

    @ Matt – agree, new boots, no wearing in = blisters

    @ Neil – Excellent advice re hydration. Had slipped my mind as a cause but reckon you are spot on

    @ Brendan – tape and fresh air. Agree totally (and not too much information) I like to put my feel in a cold stream at lunchtime, chills em nicely.

    @ Jenni – 9 years, no blisters!Great advice thanks – 2 pairs of socks is a recurring theme (it’s what Sue does too)

    Thanks to everyone for commenting. Stiff competition for a winner so far with a week to go. Good luck!

  8. Gen says

    Best way I have found is to preventative tape where I get hotspots. I apply 3 layers of rigid sports tape. The first as normal, the second a patch upside down over the hotspot, secured by the third layer. This creates a patch where the rubbing is between the layers of tape, not on your skin. I use Cutinova Hydro or Allevyn Thin patches to help healing and provide cushioning with this taping method. It’s always better to wear worn in shoes that fit and don’t rub, but when there’s no choice (military boots), I find that this always works.

  9. Steve Cockburn says

    Hi Frank and Sue . My suggestion to treat blisters.
    Apart from the usual essential first aid , when the blister is forming or has come up, at the end of the day take you boots etc off and in a private place , pee on it.. yes pee on it. . For blokes it’s a bit easier .. for girls you need to use your imagination.
    Next leave it exposed to the air as long as you can and try to repeat as much as possible . Bandage for the next day as usual.This sounds weird but I’ve done this and know that it does help. Passed on to me from an old army mate.

  10. Richard says

    Hi,

    I tried these socks on a 2 day walk in the Blue Mountains on the weekend – 18 kms (day 1) and 6 km (day 2).

    My thoughts:
    1. No blisters (as claimed)
    2. Very sore toenails!

    I think the sore toenails arise because the socks are too thin to wear with my Scarpa mid-weight boots. My boots were fitted using standard hiking socks – and I can’t seem to get the laces tight enough in the injinji socks to prevent sliding forward in descent.

    My conclusion: They’re probably great with trail runners, or as sock liners… but be careful if planning to use as standalone socks in boots. (Possibly a boot insert would work)

    Richard
    PS: The reason the 2nd day was so short was because my toes were killing me!

  11. Lee says

    A gram of prevention, they say,
    Beats a kilo of cure, any day.
    So the best way to treat
    Your poor aching feet
    Is to keep those damn blisters at bay.

    You boots, from Day One, must fit right.
    Neither loose nor anywhere tight.
    Don’t believe all that din
    About ‘wearing them in’ –
    ’twill assuredly worsen your plight.

    When donning your socks, keep it neat,
    Make sure they’re all snug on your feet;
    No folds, pleats or lumps,
    Nor gratuitous bumps,
    Thus avoiding that blistery heat.

    If boots ‘need wearing in’ they don’t fit properly. Find better boots.

    • Adam says

      Very clever and funny, well done. Though when it comes to Scarpa SL’s for example, you do need to wear them in. The leather is way to stiff to just lace up & set off on a multi day walk. My thoughts anyhow.

  12. Lee says

    You can soften leather with dubbin, wax or oil. But, for the most part, ‘wearing in’ boots means getting your feet used to the shape of the boots and not [i]vice versa[/i].

    I can say this and gloat having finally, after 50 odd years, found boots which DO fit properly and which are terrifically comfortable and blister-free from the get-go. It’s bliss. But I bet the company goes broke before I wear out this pair and need to replace them . . .

  13. Eric says

    Since i have wide feet and pretty hard to find boots that fit 100% this is what I do to prevent blisters are:

    1. I tape my hotspots before i walk with Eletroplast Silk tape to prevent friction.
    2. I wear sock that wicks moisture away from the feet, so far i found Icebreaker socks or smart wool worked best for me, so my feet is less wet. Havent yet have the chance to try the injinji socks. I was put off initially by the individual toes but since having tried a nylon version with my business shoes in Indonesia, it was great.
    3. I do try to air out my feet if i have the chance.

  14. Frank says

    The winner of the competition to win two pairs of Injinji Toe Socks is Lee. Congratulations to Lee, we have sent you an email to get your mailing details and the socks will be posted out before the end of the week, well done.

    The judges were very impressed by all the entries and awarded a special runner up prize to Brendan Jones – he will receive a pair of Injinji performance socks for second place. Congratulations!

    The post announcing the winners is here: http://ourhikingblog.com.au/2010/04/blisters-best-tips-how-to-treat-prevent.html

    Thanks very much to everyone who entered and we are sorry there were not enough socks for everyone!

  15. Robin says

    Just prior to walking the Milford Track I came across in Queenstown a Kiwi product that was fantastic for blister prevention. It is natural and best used in conjunction with woollen socks. What is this mystery product you ask – wool! The Kiwi’s call it “Foot Fleece”, and it is cold washed and single combed, nice and soft, light and still has the lanolin in it. You place it between your skin and the sock and presto – no hot-spots or blisters. At the end of the day the rubbing and heat will have slightly felted the wool to your sock. You peel it off and leave it for the birds to line their nests with (its natural!). Problems with your toes you wrap the digit in the fleece. I am surprised that I have never seen it anywhere outside of Queenstown! Well that’s my tuppence worth – yes I realise the comp finished a couple of years ago.

    • Frank says

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks for sharing this. When I was guiding on the Great Ocean walk one of the clients had this stuff and I borrowed some on one trip because I had bad blisters. It worked a treat! I have been meaning to get some but just have not got around to it.

      The site is here: http://www.hikerswool.co.nz/ This is the one I was using called “Hikers Wool”.

      No worries about the comp, just really pleased you shared this great information.

      cheer and happy walking!
      Frank

  16. Dimple Petaccio says

    Try some tea tree oil otherwise known as melaleuca alternifolia. It’s from a tree in Australia and is found in most herb shops or Walmart or drug store. It’s natural. It kills fungus, germs, and is a great pesticide. Even gets rid of head lice with a few drops to shampoo and conditioner. RX: wash foot with soap( if liquid you can add two drops to it) & water then dry completely. drop 4 drops to infected area. place a clean cotton cloth or sock on foot. do this 2x’s a day until 1 week after complete signs are gone. Remember it didn’t get there over night it won’t go away over night job, but it will get the job done. I know I had it just about the same as you.

    • Frank says

      Hi Dimple,
      Great advice thanks. I have used Tea tree oil for lots of things and it was been very effective. Will try it for our feet now!
      Cheers

      Frank

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