Words of wisdom for happy feet
Peter contacted me with questions about preventing foot blisters in his second Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker. His experience serves as a reminder to all Trailwalker participants.
"I just thought I would send you a quick email to let you know how I went on the 100km Oxfam Trailwalk last weekend.
The walk went really well. This was my second Oxfam Walk. The previous one I did was a few years ago, I was an emergency for someone who couldn't make it and was only given 2 weeks notice to get ready. Without having any time to prepare it was pretty tough. Even though I did finish, my feet had blisters everywhere and I wasn't able to walk for a few days afterwards. This is one of the reasons I wanted to ensure I was prepared as best as I could be. I wanted to enjoy the event and the experience this time and not have each step be painful due to those dreaded blisters.
I can proudly say that after applying the ENGO Patches and also getting my feet taped by a podiatrist, I finished the event with NO blisters at all! For me, I think using both techniques worked really well. We had an awesome day and were able to enjoy the event thanks to ENGO. I believe that anybody wishing to do the Oxfam walk would be wise to invest in the ENGO Patches as a way to prevent blisters.
I would like to thank you for your assistance and wish you the best of luck. I will definitely be in touch next year before Oxfam Melbourne 2015."
These oval-shaped ENGO Patches provide versatility for any blister situation. The shape makes them easy to apply to any area of the shoe and the size provides perfect coverage for most blisters. Most commonly used for blisters under the ball of the foot, top of the toes and edge blisters.
4 x Large Oval Patches (4.4cm x 7cm) in each pack
PLUS Get a FREE Narrow Gel Toe Sleeve (1 x 15cm): Covers 3-4 toes
VALUED AT $11 - FOR A LIMITED TIME
Fixomull Stretch tape (by BSN Medical) is used as a preventive taping and to secure dressings and paddings, such as donut pads. Fixomull offers an extremely strong adhesion with a reduced risk of allergies. Similar tapes do not provide the same stretch or adhesion.
Easy application to curved areas (watch videos below for application techniques)
Permeable to air and water vapour
Can be cut easily to any size and shape
Each roll is 10 metres in length and 5cm wide
Take the Oxfam Trailwalker Blister Quiz
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Written by 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 "The Blister Prone Athlete's Guide To Preventing Foot Blisters".