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2011-04-26 9:32 PM

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Subject: need help with running blisters

I continue to struggle with serious blister issues on the insteps of my feet. I have tried different shoes, I have tried different socks. For a while the Wright double-layer socks seemed to do the trick, but even those don't work anymore.

On my run today everything felt great until about the 6.5km mark, then I could feel them developing on both sides. I thought it might be because at this point my feet are sweating and shifting around inside the sock, so maybe I should use baby powder. But I've been googling and seeing people suggest vaseline instead.

Any ideas what to try first?



2011-04-26 9:46 PM
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How tight do you have the middle laces of your shoe and what kind of laces do you use?
2011-04-26 9:50 PM
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Subject: RE: need help with running blisters

Same problem here.  I wrap this gauze around the middle of my foot, (two times around, 1/4 overlap), to give my instep some extra protection.  Can pick it up at any drugstore/walmart, $3-4 per roll.  Works pretty well.  Careful not to make it bulky or too tight. Takes a little bit of trial and error.  Good luck!!

http://www.labsafety.com/Stat-Wrap-Cohesive-Gauze-Bandage-Rolls-4-x-4-1-2-yd-Box-of-8_s_40690/Emergency-First-Aid_35450526/?isredirect=true

2011-04-26 9:53 PM
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I get blisters too, no fun.  Are you using the bungee type laces, or actual tie laces?  I found the bungee type allowed my foot to move around too much inside the shoe, contributing to the problem.  So I went back to regular laces.

I don't know that the problem is solved (won't know until this summer - really only happens when it's hot and I'm sweating a lot) but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

2011-04-26 9:57 PM
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Subject: RE: need help with running blisters

I had that problem also.  I took my shoes to the running store and they first pointed out the obvious, I was wearing cotton socks.  Stay away from those, especially for long runs.

The second thing they did was remove the standard insoles from my shoes and put some with a little more padding which resulted in a little tighter fit.

The third thing they did was lace all the way up to the top holes which gave a more secure fit thus resulting in less movement of the foot in the shoe.

So a combo of all 3 solved it.  Has NO blisters last week after my first Mary.

2011-04-26 10:11 PM
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I get those when I run without socks or with looser cotton socks.  I haven't ever gotten them when I run in my compression socks.  I did find some bandages that are the bomb for getting me back on the road when I do blister. They are expensive, but they stay on for days, and really soothe the pain. Johnson and Johnson multi day adhesive pads.  Link to product below:

http://www.drugstore.com/search/search_results.asp?N=0&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&Ntk=All&srchtree=5&Ntt=johnson+johnson+pads&aid=336064&aparam=johnson%20johnson%20pads&scinit1=johnson%20johnson%20pads



2011-04-27 6:55 AM
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1) Buy special running socks..such as the Nike ones...that wick away any moisture. 

2) Buy a tub of vaseline and literally coat your entire foot in it. 

2011-04-27 10:15 AM
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Great suggestions, thanks!

My middle laces are snug but not tight, and I use regular laces again. I used to use speed laces but never got around to putting them in my newest pair of shoes.

I will try all the suggestions (not all at once) and see how it goes. Thanks again!

2011-04-27 10:55 AM
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When you say you've tried different shoes... what do you mean? Different styles? Brands? Have you had your gait and feet looked at by a podiatrist?

Aside from that...I like body glide, or New Skin and Superglue for the hot spots.

2011-04-27 10:59 AM
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I'll go counter to some of the recommendations because it worked for me. First, I moved up a 1/2 size in my shoe and second, I lased loser. This was on recommendation of Ann Ringlein who did shoe fittings for a shop in Lincoln Nebraska. She switched me out right before my first marathon and my feet were a mess. I was able to run my marathon without a blister.

I can slip into my running shoes without untying them and have kept up this process for the past 12 years without any problem.

It really seems counter intuitive but lose is better than tight for me. Also, I do wear good socks.
2011-04-27 11:58 AM
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I have tried different styles and brands of shoes, but have not had my feet examined by a podiatrist. Would they give me insoles or orthotics or just recommend a specific shoe?



2011-04-27 2:26 PM
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Could be one or the other. could be both. They could watch you walk and run in yoru shoes, and pinpoint what is going on to cause them--whether it's something in or on your shoe, whether it's a quirk of your biomechanics, whether it's some muscle weakness putting you in a bad position, or some combo.

He might suggest some strengthening, but could also say, you may want to look at the asics X or the Brooks Y, as they both would fit you in a way that works for your foot type. Etc.

2011-04-27 3:08 PM
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Subject: RE: need help with running blisters
Have you ever had a proper shoe fitting from a good running company?
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