Blisters, Callouses and Ulcers

They're all caused by the same thing

So let's look at how we can stop them

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Rebecca Rushton

Rebecca is an Australian podiatrist with over 20 years experience. She has spent a lifetime dealing with her own blister prone feet in her sporting and everyday life. Rebecca specialises in helping athletes and sports medicine professionals figure out how to manage foot blisters with ease. And for kicks, she enjoys providing blister care at multiday ultramarathon events. Rebecca is the founder of Blister Prevention and author of both "The Blister Prone Athlete's Guide To Preventing Foot Blisters" and "The Advanced Guide to Blister Prevention".

Take Your Blister Kit To The Next Level

Take Your Blister Kit To The Next Level

Any blister kit should be assembled with 5 goals in mind:

  1. keep your blister as pain-free as possible
  2. stop your blister roof from tearing or deroofing
  3. prevent your blister from getting infected
  4. make your blister heal as quickly as possible
  5. and even to stop your hotspot from becoming a blister in the first place
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The Ultra Blister Kit

The Ultra Blister Kit

For the ultramarathon runner and multiday hiker

A decent blister kit needs to cover a lot of blister scenarios. And it needs to have enough of everything without having too much. It's a fine line between preparing for the worst case scenario, and packing too light - only to run out of something at the most inconvenient moment. After providing foot care at several 6-Day ultras ...

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Foot Blisters and Tennis

Foot Blisters and Tennis

The Australian Open 2013

In competitive sport, it’s a shame when injury decides the outcome of a tournament. And when that injury is a foot blister, it’s even harder to accept.

Andy Murray suggests his foot blister was not an issue in his defeat by Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2013 Australian Open last night, but anyone who saw the footage of the on-court medical time out might find that difficult to believe.

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I believe you’re focussing on the wrong cause of your blisters

I believe you’re focussing on the wrong cause of your blisters

And 99% of people are in the same boat as you.

  • That’s’ why you’ve had patchy success in the past (or perhaps no success at all)
  • And you don’t know how to tell good advice from bad
  • So you keep choosing the wrong strategies for your blisters
  • And wasting money on products that were never going to work
  • (But you keep buying new shoes, only to keep getting blisters)
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Now I’m going to burst a little bubble …

Now I’m going to burst a little bubble …

There’s no doubt that some shoes might be causing blisters because they are too big or too small or worn out in a certain area or whatever.

But I believe many times, it’s not the shoe’s fault you’re getting blisters.

I saw a chap a while ago - he drove 7 hours to consult with me! He does big walks to raise money for charity...

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“Got blisters? You’ve got the wrong shoes.”

“Got blisters? You’ve got the wrong shoes.”

Really?

This one piece of off-the-cuff advice REALLY grinds my gears. Because these people haven't even looked at your shoes. Or your feet. Or where your blister is.

It's useless advice (on its own).

If you get this advice from someone, ask them “What is it about these shoes that’s causing my blisters?” Ask them to be specific. Are they:

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I want to clear something up about footwear and blisters

I want to clear something up about footwear and blisters

Perfectly fitting shoes alone does not guarantee you won’t get blisters.

I’d know! I’ve had superbly fitting shoes and I still got blisters.

But shoe-fit is one of the most basic prevention strategies there is and you have to get this right (or as close as possible to it) to make things easy for yourself!

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Fixing Your Feet (6th Edition) by John Vonhof

Fixing Your Feet (6th Edition) by John Vonhof

"Do yourself a favour"

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll know that John Vonhof's 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet is now available worldwide. If you're an athlete of any persuasion or involved in foot care, you owe it to yourself to add this book to your collection. My copy came all the way through Europe with me.

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Heel Edge Blisters

Heel Edge Blisters

Lesson 14 of "Build Your Blister Plan"

Edge blisters are caused by an irritation to the skin where the insole or orthotic meets the side of the shoe. As the blister fills with more fluid, pressure pushes the blister fluid upwards. It can trick you into thinking the blister is caused by something higher up the side of the heel. 

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