Are you ready to banish skating blisters? We’ve got you covered. Our team has been around the rink more than a few times, and you only have to get a blister once before vowing, “never again!” Don’t sweat blisters this summer. Keep your feet happy with these tips from Chester Skateland.
How to Avoid Skating Blisters
- Keep your feet dry. Sweat is a major contributor to causing blisters. That means the harder you skate, the bigger risk you have of developing blisters. If you know you’re gonna go hard at the rink, sprinkle talcum inside your socks. This will reduce friction and help keep your feet dry while you skate.
- Wear good socks. Your favorite glow-in-the-dark socks may look awesome, but those worn places are just begging for blisters. Wear socks that fit well, have good support, and cushion your foot. Choose a synthetic, moisture-wicking sports fabric instead of cotton, which retains moisture.
- Bring a spare pair. Are you planning a full Saturday of skating? Bring an extra pair of socks and change into a fresh pair between sessions. If blisters start popping up, double up on socks to give your feet extra protection.
- Know your feet. Do you always develop blisters in the same places? Put a blister bandage or moleskin over sensitive places like your heel, the side of your outer toes, and other places where hot spots may form.
- Be proactive. If you feel a blister or hot spot, don’t ignore the problem. Strip off your socks and put protective padding (such as a bandage, moleskin, or foam pad) over the area. Make sure it has adhesive so it won’t shift while you skate. Trust us, that would only make things worse!