Getting blisters from ski boots and snow sports can ruin your day. Skiers control their speed on a straight run by putting more weight on one ski than the other, which lets you turn at an angle perpendicular to the steepest gradient of the slope, known as the fall line. As you ski back and forth against the fall line, your calves are often angled with the slope, pressing firmly on the sides of your ski boot. Over the course of a long day, the constant pressure and friction against the sides of your boot can cause painful blistering and soreness on your feet, ankles or calves. An incorrectly fitting boot will increase friction and pressure and prompt blistering of the feet and ankles.
Skiing is a very demanding activity and if you live in the UK, then skiing tends to be a holiday sport. Maybe once or twice a year, which is really tricky when it comes to conditioning and preparation for very full, active, demanding holiday! So it is very important to prepare ahead and prevent blisters, so the skiing break can be as pain and blister free as possible.
Boot fit to prevent blisters
If you are a regular skier then Invest in your own boots as like any other sports with hired boots, the fit is always going to be compromised, too tight and the boot will cause pressure and sheer due to the foot and leg swelling during the activity therefore, making the boot a smaller fit, too big and the foot and leg moves around too much in the boot causing an increase in friction, creating blisters especially on the heel and ankle area.
A lot of boots can be heat moulded to improve the fit However If you are on holiday and going for a boot fit make sure you are happy with the fit, don’t be embarrassed by asking for more boots to try on, getting it right now will benefit you later.
Best blister prevention socks for the snow
Due to the heavy boots and ski clothing the body gets very warm with all the exertion and naturally the legs and feet will sweat, creating the skin to get wet, which increases the level of shear to the skin leading to blisters, so socks have to be long enough to cover all the contact areas with the leg area and made with wicking qualities to take the moisture away from the skin. Long walking/hiking socks with extra cushioning on the soles would be perfect, liners next to the skin would also work really well for those who really struggle with blisters and prefer a double sock scenario.
Armaskin liner socks (long ones) do great job of blister prevention. Change your socks requently during the day to make sure the feet stay as dry as possible and use boot dryers to ensure the boot is dried out by morning.
Stop blisters when skiing or snowboarding
Blister prevention tape like Hypafix and KT Pro are ideal for taping those blister prone area before you ski, apply skin tac prior to taping for extra staying power
Silopos gel tube sleeves work well for the ankle area up the leg and the specific gel padding socks by giving that extra protection where you need it, whether it be the front of the shin, Achilles, or the boney ankle bits on the inside and outside of the ankle (malleoli). These are all essential to preventing blisters.
Engo patches can be applied to the boot areas that are causing increased friction and pressure onto the skin.
Purchasing any preventative blister measures before you go on holiday can seem an expensive but if you do get blisters whilst skiing, they then can stop you altogether, which will prove to be a really expensive holiday. Those of you who ski regularly making this investment now, will help you, ski pain and blister free on a regular basis.
If you feel a hotspot developing then stop and put a dressing on it to prevent it moving on to a blister, if you are with a group of people, don’t worry about what they might say, most of the time, they will be grateful for the break