Camino Packing List: What Makes It Into Your Blister Kit?

Camino Packing List: What Makes It Into Your Blister Kit?

Alison’s Camino de Santiago Blister Experience

We walked 800km (in 42 days) across Spain with very few problems. I experienced pinch blisters on both little toes, which I was prepared for and expecting, given my training hikes. On the 5th day, they became unbearable - they were filled with fluid which would drain away each night by the morning, but by the 5th day, Cam used a sterile scalpel to pop them, which was a great decision. We even watched your YouTube video twice before attempting this.

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How To Prevent The Most Common Heel Blister

How To Prevent The Most Common Heel Blister

I don’t think I’m over-stating it when I say, when you’ve got a blister on the back of your heel, life is no fun!

Posterior heel blisters are more common in walking and hiking compared to running and can be just plain debilitating.

This email from Marcus (several years ago now) describes it perfectly…

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Adelaide 6 Day Ultramarathon 2018 - The Blister Perspective

Adelaide 6 Day Ultramarathon 2018 - The Blister Perspective

Track

The running surface is cement and the loop is 1.4255km, with 10m elevation per lap. A beautiful track that is shaded in parts but one that by all accounts is tough on the feet and rest of the body.

Winning 6 Day Distances

  • Darren Linney 800.959km

  • Anabelle Hepworth 742.803

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5 Ways To Beat Blisters On The Tops Of Your Toes?

5 Ways To Beat Blisters On The Tops Of Your Toes?

Let's examine cause and prevention

Clawed toes and hammer toes make the toe joints sit up higher and are hence more susceptible to blisters. This can be a structural thing - the toes are fixed in this position. Or it can be a functional thing - the toes are perfectly able to straighten, but when you walk and run, they bend over.

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Don't Be Tricked By Heel Edge Blisters - A Different Kind Of Heel Blister

Don't Be Tricked By Heel Edge Blisters - A Different Kind Of Heel Blister

Edge blisters can occur around the heel’s rim

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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Haglunds (Pump Bump) Heel Blisters: That Bony Lump At The Back Of Your Heel

Haglunds (Pump Bump) Heel Blisters: That Bony Lump At The Back Of Your Heel

That bony lump at the back of your heel

This post stems from an email I received. It covers the following topics:

  • Haglunds deformity (pump bump) and heel blisters
  • ENGO Patches vs ArmaSkin socks
  • Golf and walking
  • Taking a systematic approach to combatting blisters
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