Any blister kit should be assembled with 5 goals in mind:
- keep your blister as pain-free as possible
- stop your blister roof from tearing or deroofing
- prevent your blister from getting infected
- make your blister heal as quickly as possible
- and even to stop your hotspot from becoming a blister in the first place
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 ...Read More
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.Read More
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)
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...Read More
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:Read More
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!Read More
Some people think foot blisters are no big deal.
So I ran a little competition to find some nasty foot blister experiences. You won't believe the photos people were able to dig up. Combined with the stories, this makes for sobering reading!
Don't say I didn't warn you!Read More
What you need to know
One thing every hiker should be prepared for is foot blisters. Why? Because they're the most common injury you'll suffer.
A single small foot blister can take a wonderful experience and turn it into a nightmare!Read More
What you need to know
Knee pain, Achilles tendinitis, lower back pain and ankle sprains are big ones. But do you know the biggest? It’s foot blisters! Take a look at these blister incidence stats for two of the most popular athletic activities worldwide: running and hiking.Read More
Your tiny window of opportunity
It's a brief window of opportunity for blister prevention. Take it. Be thankful you've received it. Don't ignore it. There are two things you need to do to stop a hot-spot from becoming a blister:Read More
Do a quick scan of the internet and you’ll find about 50% against and 50% for popping. And some recognise there's a place for both interventions.
What's missing is the practical information you need to decide whether your blister needs to be lanced or left alone. If this was your blister, would you pop it?Read More
For blisters (and blood blisters) under your toenail
I’ve known about this technique for some time. I’ve seen on YouTube. But I’d never tried before. You twist a hypodermic needle back and forth, gently, until you get all the way through the nail. It doesn't even hurt. And I think you can do it yourself!Read More
"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.Read More
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.Read More
And The New Technique I Learned
This article focuses on the three most common blisters we saw, how we attacked them preventively and how we treated them. There are a few pearls of wisdom in here that I encourage you to take on board.Read More