I don't just get blisters. I get blisters from HELL! I get them on the bottom of my feet, deep under many layers of skin and they hurt like a motherfucker while rucking. After a long and enormously painful 15-miles walking on the blister shown in the photos, I became serious about finding ways to prevent and manage blisters. I have to say that I'm still experimenting with the prevention part but I do have a strategy that's better than nothing and I've becoming better at triaging problems as they start to occur along a ruck.
If you have blister issues, it's important to understand that everyone is different. People love to tell exactly what to do, what shoes and socks to wear, etc. but the truth is, you have to experiment with what works for you. There is no one strategy that applies across the board. Some resources that I used to understand blistering, it's prevention and treatment are below. I recommend checking them out if you are battling this problem as well.
Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes - This book is like my bible!
Mark Webb"s awesome blog (Which has tons of valuable insight on non-foot stuff as well that you should read)
This entire website about blister prevention http://www.blisterprevention.com.au/
This Podiatry Today article
About the Author
I have completed 38 GORUCK events including 3-GORUCK HCL's, and have done a variety of other endurance events including Ironman Maryland 140.6 two times. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and health coach, scientist, minimalist, nature lover and single mom but on a more basic level, I'm just a woman in her 40's that likes to push her limits and write stuff sometimes. This blog is a way of sharing some of my experiences and insights.