The walk to work

It’s a clear, dry morning and you’re feeling energetic. Why not seize the opportunity to walk to work?

There are so many benefits to walking to work. You can avoid hot, stuffy trains and unnecessary travel expense, plus you’ll be unaffected by train strikes and traffic jams. In fact, if you take advantage of a ‘scenic route’ you might even be able to enjoy some fresh air away from the pollution and hustle and bustle of rush hour.

Of course, the health benefits of walking to work cannot be ignored. Walking provides a gentle workout for those of us aiming to lose weight and tone up, that has also been proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, asthma and certain cancers.

A 182 pound man walking at 3.5mph could burn up to 177 calories in a 25 minute walk to work, whilst a 154 pound woman walking the same speed could burn up to 150 calories in a 25 minute walk to work.

Foot blisters and corns from walking?

Unfortunately, while your feet take the weight of your entire body, blisters and corns can form as a direct result of the pressure from your shoes. As our feet are bony, they have little natural protection, and particularly if your shoes are tight or new, the rubbing associated with movement can cause painful problems that last long after you arrive at work.

What are blisters?

Blisters are fluid-filled sacs that form just under the upper layer of your skin. Serum collects underneath sore, damaged areas, to protect the tissue beneath. Blisters can sometimes fill with blood or pus if they become inflamed or infected.

What are foot corns?

Foot corns are small circles of thick, hardened skin that can develop on the soles of your feet or on the ends or sides of your toes. Similarly to blisters, a corn is often caused by pressure or friction on your feet or toes from poorly-fitting shoes. Treatment could often involve a trip to your podiatrist, who may advise for the corn to be removed.

Both blisters and corns can be painful and unsightly, so what can be done to avoid them?

How to prevent blisters and corns on your feet

If blisters and corns form due to your walk to work you should consider adjusting your footwear. Try wearing a comfortable pair of shoes, trainers or walking boots instead and carry your work heels or fashion shoes in your bag. Wearing a pair of socks can also help reduce rubbing between your shoes and skin.

How to protect blisters and corns with COMPEED® Products

COMPEED® Blister Cushions and COMPEED® Corn Cushions are designed to provide relief by covering blisters and corns as well as cushion from rubbing.

Happy Walking!