How to avoid chafing from new shoes

When we release shoes we may encounter some discomfort since the foot must adapt to the new support. In addition, they can scratches or blisters appear, that it is important to treat well to avoid that they go to more and we can walk well in any circumstance. In this sense, from the Valencian Institute of the Foot they remember that foot care is very important in the elderly to maintain the quality of life and prevent pathologies that affect mobility. We must pay special attention to dehydration in the area, which can lead to the appearance of injuries more frequently, especially friction when we put on new shoes. Therefore, we must also monitor the type of footwear that we buy.

In the Official College of Podiatrists of the Valencian Community (Icopcv), they also indicate that although the entire population should take care of their feet, people who have any circulation problem or disorders such as bunions, diabetics or those who are overweight.

Blisters and chafing

The blisters or chafing It is due to a continuous friction on the skin against the very common footwear when wearing it, but also when taking long walks. They are usually identified immediately because when we walk we will begin to feel discomfort. They are more common in the sole area, on the heel and between the toes.

The moment they arise, they must be treated quickly to avoid infection. Experts recommend that the first thing to do is clean both the blister and the chafing well. with saline solutions or soap and water. Then dry them and apply some antiseptic. Next, they have to be safeguarded with adequate protections. In fact, the use of plasters is discouraged, being more correct specific patches (without medication) or gauze and tape that are not cloth, indicate the Valencian podiatrists.


The main prevention measures to avoid rubbing and blisters on the feet, according to specialists, are the following:

  • Daily hydration of the feet throughout the year with specific creams.
  • Wearing socks. They are our great allies to prevent these disorders. In summer, if we are going to take long walks, we should think about wearing comfortable shoes that allow the use of this garment. Currently there socks with technical textiles that promote perspiration and prevent dampness in the area.
  • Buy suitable footwear. Podiatrists advise us to acquire shoes that are suitable for each type of activity, that adjust correctly to the shape of our feet, that are not totally flat and that are made with materials that are not very rigid, mainly.