10 Best Products to Help Treat and Prevent Painful Blisters on Your Feet

We’ve all been there: Buying that coveted pair of shoes, only to find they mercilessly dig and rub during the first few wears. Before you decide to ditch them for good (or resign yourself to hobbling around for the next few months), we’ve rounded up the best products to prevent blisters and treat them when they do pop up. Whether you’re breaking in some new flats, boots or sneakers, these handy little helpers will ensure you feel just as good as you look.

Compeed Blister Plasters

Unlike most adhesive bandages, these sticker cushions are designed to stay put for days. Not only do they prevent rubbing for instant pain relief but also feature a breathable material that speeds up healing by locking in natural moisture and keeping out bacteria.

Compeed Blister Small Plasters

Dr. Scholl’s BlisterDefense Anti-Friction Stick

Friction from shoes that rub is one of the main causes of blisters. Designed with athletes in mind, this Dr. Scholl’s balm stops the process in its tracks, even during your most rigorous workouts. Simply apply it at contact points, and your sore-free feet will thank you later.

Dr Scholl's Active Series BlisterDefense Anti-Friction Stick

Barefoot Scientist PreHeels+ Blister Prevention Spray

An even more inconspicuous option, this heel spray prevents friction by creating an invisible barrier of polymers on the skin. Its sweat-resistant formula won’t wear away while you’re jetting around town and is dermatologist tested to last up to six hours.

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Hotop Heel Pads

Whether you feel a blister coming or are already suffering from the effects of one, these heel inserts have got you covered (literally). When placed at the back of the shoe, they’ll prevent your foot from sliding and rubbing, and will also relieve pressure between a blister and your shoe for necessary comfort.

Hotop Heel Pads

Johnson’s Baby Powder

Sweaty feet are another main culprit of blisters — but can easily be cured with this common drugstore product. A few sprinkles of Johnson’s classic formula will quickly absorb moisture while leaving your skin baby-smooth.

Johnson's Baby Powder
Johnson's Baby Powder
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Wuru Wool

Wool is an unexpected material that can help prevent the formation of blisters. Just tear or cut off a piece of the fabric and tuck it where shoes rub the most to reduce friction.

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Engo Oval Blister Prevention Patches

These patches are unique in that they cover more ground and can be attached to all parts of the shoes beyond the heel for all-over protection. And best of all, they can last up to 300 miles of walking and running.

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KT Blister Prevention Tape

Designed to stand up to the rigors of high-intensity training, athletes will benefit most from this tape. Its ultralight fabric and flexible form can stay on the skin for up to two days for durable chafe reduction.

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Spenco 2nd Skin Squares

Spenco’s gel adhesive squares work to soothe and cool hot spots and blisters in addition to preventing the formation of new bumps. Made mostly from water, they won’t stick to the skin for more painless removal.

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RunGoo Blister Prevention Cream

This non-staining cream rubs right onto the skin with a wax-like protective layer meant to last all day. It is balanced to absorb water and excess sweat to stop the chafing at the star.

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