It was 2008 and it took 8 minutes...
Eight minutes to get blisters on my heels!
Out of sheer frustration, I committed myself to finding out why blisters were so difficult for me, a podiatrist, to prevent. I spent 12 months reading the scientific research on foot blisters and documented it all in The Advanced Guide To Blister Prevention so I could get to the bottom of my blister problem.
Since then, I've been helping my patients and the broader active and athletic community manage their blister situations better through this website, my course site, YouTube channel, The Blister Prone Athlete’s Guide To Preventing Foot Blisters book and by volunteering at multiday ultramarathon events.
Bridging The Gap
With a thorough understanding of the research, a podiatry background and blister prone feet myself, I have a unique perspective on blister management. But I’m a far cry from an academic. What I do possess is the ability to bridge the gap between academia and the everyday person.
As a thought-leader on this subject, I’ve raised debate and influenced the narrative around blister management in recent years. You might have noticed a shift occurring in the “what causes blisters” conversation - it’s less about rubbing and more about stretching. This matters for blister outcomes! Examples of this include:
Fixing Your Feet, John Vonhof - Reduce friction to reduce shear
Podiatry Arena forum - Blisters and taping
Mistakes using Compeed and other hydrocolloid dressings - My 5th most popular YouTube video