Prevent Sore Heels When Diving

woman's hand applying a plaster to heel

Prevent Sore Heels When Diving

As a diver, if you’ve ever been on a scuba diving trip with multiple days of diving, you have experienced sore heels and blisters. Despite wearing comfortable diving boots that fit nice and snug, the constant wet skin and fin kicking, is bound to take its toll on your heels and ankles.

After twelve days of diving in Bali, I found blisters and sore spots on both heels. This made diving uncomfortable. I did not want to miss out on a dive, so I applied gauze for padding, waterproof plasters and a pair of old socks in an attempt to keep my fins from rubbing. Inevitably, the waterproof plasters did not hold out for long, but I managed to get through the dive trip without missing out on any of the dives.

Wearing thick sports socks does help provide an extra layer of protection to prevent blisters. There are neoprene socks available and they do work well. We have them for sale in various sizes. However, if your diving fins are a little on the light side, you may find that wearing neoprene socks under your dive boots will make your legs slightly positively buoyant, especially if your boots are 5mm.

Another trick that helps is applying a smidgen of petroleum jelly to the spots on your heels and ankles before putting on your boots. This acts as like a barrier between your skin and the boots. This is also especially good for putting on your neck where the collar of your wetsuit may rub if you do not wear a rash-guard underneath. Be sure to apply the petroleum jelly after you have donned your wetsuit, otherwise the inside of your wetsuit may stick to those areas, causing more difficulty in putting it on.

So, dig out an old pair of sports socks and add them to your dive gear bag. Add a small pot of petroleum jelly; make sure the lid is on firmly. The socks will definitely not stay nice and white for very long, but at least your feet will be more comfortable during your dive.