How Do I Choose the Best Blister Stick?

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A blister stick is a lubricant that helps to prevent blisters typically caused by shoes rubbing against the skin of the feet at various points. The user should look for a blister stick that matches his or her environment, because some are intended for use in warm climates, while others are intended for use in the cold. Some blister sticks also offer a deodorant effect that some users might like, because it can keep the feet from smelling, while others will likely find the deodorant smell irritating. Blister sticks will be used on feet, which will end up touching either socks or shoes, if not both, so it may be best to get a stick that guarantees against staining. Some blister gels will roll on the skin, much like a deodorant, while others are applied by hand with the user rubbing in the gel.

There are several types of blister sticks available, with the largest variable being climate and environment. A user should look for a blister stick that matches his or her environment, because these will work the best, and mixing up blister sticks can cause the product to become runny or clumpy. Most commonly, the sticks are made for either hot or cold temperatures, and either moist or dry climates. Getting the right stick for the environment will ensure the stick works its best.


Some blister stick products also offer a deodorant effect to help keep the user’s feet from smelling or to minimize the accumulation of sweat. Blister sticks with this additive are usually about the same price as those without deodorant effects, so this comes down to the user’s preference. Some users will like having less smelly feet, while others may dislike the deodorant smell.

Blister sticks are used on the feet, so the gel will come into contact with some type of clothing, unless the user does not wear shoes or socks. This means users may want to get a non-staining blister stick. While users may not care so much about staining a relatively inexpensive pair of socks, the gel can seep through the sock and stain the inside of the shoe, which may be more expensive and of more concern.

The way a blister stick is applied differs from brand to brand. Some are rolled on the feet like a deodorant stick, while others require the user to rub the gel into his or her feet by hand. To make application easy, the user should get a blister stick that applies according to his or her preference; getting a stick that promises no mess also will likely make it easier to use.


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