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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Gel Toe Protectors For Preventing Toe Blisters

Gel Toe Protectors For Preventing Toe Blisters

Hey, it's Rebecca here with this week's 60 second blister tip.

Today I want to show you why I love silicone gel so much for blister prevention.

First of all, we've got toe caps that are closed in at the end, and we've got toe sleeves that are open on both ends.

Now, the reason I love this material is there's so much give in it.

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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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Take Your Foot Blister Kit To The Next Level

Take Your Foot 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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Could You Be Focusing On The Wrong Cause Of Your Foot Blisters?

Could You Be Focusing On The Wrong Cause Of Your Foot Blisters?

Could this be the reason:

  • You’ve only ever had patchy success in the past (or perhaps no success at all)

  • 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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Foot Blisters & The Role Of Footwear - I’m Going To Burst A Little Bubble

Foot Blisters & The Role Of Footwear - 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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A Hot-Spot Is A Pre-Blister State - Think Of It As Your Small Window Of Opportunity

A Hot-Spot Is A Pre-Blister State - Think Of It As Your Small Window Of Opportunity

Preventing blisters is all about building a blister plan and putting it into action.

In its most successful form, you'll avoid any hint of a blister. 

However, if you're a bit lax on blister prevention, or if something unexpected happens, there's one last chance you have to prevent a blister from developing. It's called a hot-spot!

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Beginner Runner Tip: The Golden Rule of Race Day - Don't Wear Anything New

Beginner Runner Tip: The Golden Rule of Race Day - Don't Wear Anything New

Don't try anything new! 

Don't save your new shoes for race day. Don't pull a new pair of socks from their packet. Don't start using a new lubricant or try double-socks for the first time during your race. You're blister prevention intentions may be well-meaning. But you're setting yourself up for trouble!

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Blister Taping Feet: The Popular First Line Of Defence Against Blisters

Blister Taping Feet: The Popular First Line Of Defence Against Blisters

It's without doubt the most popular blister prevention strategy out there.

Runners, athletes and hikers worldwide tape their feet to prevent blisters. Not only that, go to any Podiatrist complaining of blisters and they'll tape your feet. And show you how to do it yourself. And if you present to the first aid or foot care tent at any event, chances are, you'll be getting your foot taped.

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