The Blister Blog
You know the feeling. You've got a blister but there's nothing you can do about it. So you carry on. But it gets worse and when you take your shoe off...!
A hot-spot is a pre-blister state. It’s a warning your skin is stretching too much and starting to fatigue. Find out how to stop it progressing to a blister.
The blister threading technique has been around for years. You drain a blister by sewing a piece of cotton right through it and leaving the ends out, like this.
Blister prone is a thing! I've got three studies that show without a doubt, some people's feet are more prone to blisters than others. See it for yourself.
Knee pain, Achilles tendinitis, lower back pain and ankle sprains are running injuries everyone talks about. But do you know the most common injury? It’s foot blisters!
Hiking is fun! But things get less fun, quickly, when you get a foot hiking blister. More than an annoyance, here's why you need to prevent blisters hiking.
There’s one big fat fact you should not gloss over in your preparations for Oxfam Trailwalker - blisters. They're the number one reason people don’t finish.
[From Camino Adventures] Blisters are the most common injury experienced on the Camino? They put your long walk on the Camino at risk, physically and mentally.
Pack a couple of hypodermic needles in your bag in case you need to drill a hole in your nail to release the pressure of a black nail or toenail blister.
John Vonhof's 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet is now available. If you're serious about foot care in your active lifestyle, add this book to your collection.
Heel edge blisters occur around the heel’s rim. As your blister fills, pressure pushes the blister fluid upwards, to an area where there's less pressure.
Australia's 6-Day Ultramarathon in the Simpson Desert (Birdsville, Qld): Big Red Run. Read about the blisters we saw and how we dealt with them.
This article focuses on the three most common blisters we saw at Big Red Run 2016, how we managed them preventively and how we treated them.
Don't save your new shoes for race day. Don't pull a new pair of socks from their packet. Don't start using anything new on your feet. Stick with the familiar.
Here are 10 ways to reduce pressure from a painful blister on your foot. Which one you choose depends on where it is, what you're doing and what gear you have.
Blister tape is the most popular blister prevention strategy going around. Watch blister taping technique videos here, and learn how to choose the right tape.
Foot care at multiday athletic events is vital. It can be the difference between a participant finishing or pulling out. But is it sustainable or realistic?
Preventing trench foot is about keeping your feet dry. Dry from water coming into the shoe from the outside: rain, dew-laiden grass, river-crossings, water tipped over the head...
Friction is unmistakably a part of what causes blisters. This is bad friction. But friction is also good. In fact, it's vital to the way you walk, run and play.
There were a total of 1,136 responses with 940 indicating their single worst blister location. What do you think was the most common blister location?
What does successful trench foot treatment look like? How can you treat macerated skin so you can keep running rather than your race coming to a screaming halt?
You probably think blisters are caused by heat, moisture and friction? I'm afraid to say, that's not really true. What causes blisters is - the skin stretching.
There are certain inquiries I get every day of the week. I love getting these emails. I know I can help more than they even realise. There's a better way.
Severe cases of maceration affecting the feet are known as trench foot - an affliction suffered by WWI diggers in trench warfare. It's a curse for the multiday runner or hiker too. This article looks at the damage of maceration on a microscopic level.
There is a lot of pressure on your feet standing, walking, running. When you've got a blister, your instinct is to cushion. Cushioning makes intuitive sense.
I have recently changed from running shoes to Luna Sandals to run in. The first few runs on the flat were fine. Then I did a 16km hilly run two days ago.
Blisters under the heel are one of the least common blisters I see. When they do occur, they're most often suffered by hikers and runners on downhill terrain.
It's a popular belief that foot blisters are burn blisters. It sounds feasible. Rubbing two sticks together generates enough heat to start a fire! It's a myth.
Matildas striker Michelle Heyman slammed the conditions of the field - the synthetic turf is absorbing heat at a rapid rate due to rubber and other materials.
This stems from a blister support email I received and covers: Haglunds deformity (pump bump) heel blisters and the merits of ENGO Patches vs ArmaSkin socks.
Curious about who's looking at the blister prevention website? So was I. So 6 months ago I posted a 2-part questionnaire on my website.
8 ultra marathon running tips for happy feet from the ANZAC 6-Day Ultra. With a particular focus on foot care, blister prevention and blister treatment.
After enduring a scorching bitumen surface for 135km, I had developed 2 x 20c coin-sized blisters under the forefoot of my right foot.
Running around a 1.1km track proved an excellent format as my first ultramarathon. It allowed the preventative / early intervention approach I'm interested in.
Sure, prevention work some of the time. But when it doesn't, we're at a loss to explain why. Is rubbing the problem? Is it the solution? Or is it both?
There's one thing you should know about blister prevention (if you don't already). And that's "What worked for you today, may not work tomorrow".
An edge blister is a blister that’s kind of on the bottom of the foot, but it’s a bit on the side too. Watch this video for the full story.
“... many myths continue to be propagated regarding the prevention and treatment of friction blisters” Douglas Richie DPM (2010).
ENGO Patches can’t fix every pain in the foot. There are limitations you should be aware of. Like they can't relieve pressure - ENGO Patches minimise friction.
Peter contacted me with questions about preventing foot blisters in his 2nd Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker. His experience serves as a reminder to Trailwalkers.
Shoe fit is your first and most important blister prevention consideration. This revolves around length, width and adjustability. Here's how to get it right.
Friction plays a big part in making blisters. But friction isn’t a bad thing. You need friction for traction. Without it, your foot would slide around too much.
Blister incidence has been investigated in athletes, hikers and military populations and ranges from 33% - 50%.
Static friction causes blisters because it results in more shear than dynamic friction. Imagining the foot as a wobbly box helps to explain.
The shoe-sock interface holds huge potential for blister prevention. One of the main advantages is the potential for a truly long-lasting effect.
Pressure doesn’t cause blisters! But it is part of the problem. Why do we call them friction blisters, not pressure blisters? Let me show you why.