I believe friction is the most misunderstood part of dealing with foot blisters

This took me much longer to understand than I care to admit. 

I’m really bad at physics (I got a D in year 12). Which is unfortunate because a lot of podiatry and blister management involves physics. So I’ve had to work harder than most. The result is I’ve got a knack for explaining things in understandable terms.

Let me explain friction and blister management… 

When you reduce friction, most people think you’re trying to reduce rubbing. In reality, it means you make things more slippery. They are opposite things. 

Quick tip: I find it helps to add the word “level” after friction. 

When I started reducing the friction LEVEL over my blister areas, I stopped getting blisters. I don’t mean to sound melodramatic, but it was like there was a real-life miracle happening to my feet. I’ll never forget it. 

  • I first did this with Engo patches. And it worked brilliantly.
  • Others use lubricants like BodyGlide - with just as much success
  • Or powders like 2Toms BlisterShield - with just as much success
  • Or double-sock systems like Armaskin - with just as much success
  • Or merino wool wrapped around their toes - with just as much success

All of these things hone in on friction LEVELS. They reduce friction LEVELS making things more slippery, which reduces the skin shear that causes blisters. 

Note, none of them are stopping anything from rubbing. They are all making things rub more – they’re reducing friction LEVELS and making things slippery.

So here’s a question…

Are you attacking friction from the right angle to stop your blisters?

Watch this vey short video – it shows you a real easy trick to remembering this.

PS: I did ACE one physics project in high school – to explain the physics of your favourite sport (mine’s hockey). It’s funny how when something is relevant, you find a way to get your head around it.

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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".