How to Deal with Blisters (part 3)

Blister Prevention... When, and Where to apply foot protection products.

 

Generally it is best to protect your feet BEFORE they experience the trauma of blistrs or calluses. Start by selecting the best fitting shoe and sock. The right combination, will help to keep debris from getting into your shoe, where it will agitate your foot. Also be aware, that a lose fitting shoe will allow debris to fall into the shoe around the shoe-collar, and tongue of the shoe. hot feet

 

Generally it is best to protect your feet BEFORE they experience the trauma of blisters or calluses. Start by selecting the best fitting shoe and sock. The right combination, will help to keep debris from getting into your shoe, where it will agitate your foot. Also be aware, that a lose fitting shoe will allow debris to fall into the shoe around the shoe-collar, and tongue of the shoe.

 

If you are an experienced runner, you probably know where your feet typically develop "hot-spots". But also be aware that wearing a different shoe, or running in a unfamiliar environment can escalate the potential for foot injuries. Running on extremely hot surfaces, off-road trails, or where your feet might get wet, will require pre-run preparations.

 

Your feet may not tell you that you are getting a blister until it is already too late... So when do you know that you have "crossed over that line".
The line

 

I like to be conservative when in a untested situation... So I'll recommend taking precautions for best foot care before your run.

The photo below is a good indicator of areas where blisters and calluses form. These areas would be important to apply bister protection. Also note that this is not always bilateral. One foot may be more susceptible than the other.

 blister spots

 

Products are available now at Inside Out Sports, that work really well to reduce friction:

 

  ● Body Glide 1.5oz. $9.99 (Thick viscosity paste- Great for areas where body heat and friction is greatest)
  ● 2Toms Blistershield  $12.99 (Medium viscosity- Good for most areas where body heat and friction are problematic)
  ●  2Toms Sport Shield Roll-on  $12.99 (Thin viscosity- Easy to apply. Good for most areas where body heat and friction are problematic)
  ●  TriSlide Spray-on   $14.99 (Very thin viscosity- easy, and quick to apply. Good for areas where friction is not harsh, but needs attention)
NOTE: This is typically used for swimming and wet suits. I have also used it successfully in areas where clothes or shoes have friction)