When you feel a hotspot forming, stop to fix the cause and attend to the hotspot immediately. This is critical to preventing blisters on the spot – or at least minimising their effects.
Some fixes you could try when a hotspot flares up are:
- Changing your socks – particularly if they’re damp or sweaty
- Patching your hotspot – getting a blister-specific bandage on it as soon as possible
- Taping your hotspot – using a high quality tape that doesn’t move
- Applying lubricant to the area to minimise friction
Always carry a blister kit with you on any hike.
Tip: if you are going to take anything away from this article, remember this: when stopping for breaks, take your footwear off to allow your feet to breathe, cool down and dry off. This is the number one best way to prevent blisters when on the trail, and is something so many people forget to do. Not only will it help you avoid blisters, but you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the trail after 10-15 minutes of fresh air on your feet.