At its simplest, you can describe an ordinary foot blister as a spot of repeated friction, moisture and heat that has created a wound. This means you’ll find your ounce of prevention in a multi-pronged attack against all three factors.
Stare Frankly at the Naked (Foot) Truth
When the foot surface rubs against sock or shoe, there is friction but the amount can vary and there are ways you can reduce it. One of the ways is to keep your feet well moisturized and smooth. If you’re noticing that you tend to pick up blisters when it’s hot or when you do more walking or running than usual, you could use something on those days that gives your skin extra slip, such as petroleum jelly or a silicone-based cream.
With many blisters, the causes are easy to figure out. If it’s not obvious to you how they are happening or they appear in places that seem odd (such as the arches) it may be time to see an expert to evaluate your feet and gait to see if orthotics can bring relief.
Consider Your Soggy Socks
You’ll want socks that conform well to heel and toe, fit snugly and have enough stretch so they don’t crease or bunch.
Sock shopping also presents opportunities to reduce heat and moisture through CoolMax technology and the moisture-wicking properties of acrylic-blend yarns you find in top-rated brands like Thorlos.
On days you are very active, you might also try wearing two pairs of thin athletic socks so the friction shifts more to sock-against-sock instead of sock-against-foot.
If you walk or run on trails, extra friction comes from sand or grit getting into your socks. Avoid this by wearing gaiters or by changing socks at intervals.
Choose Shoes You Can Really Use
Prevent blisters by choosing better shoes:
- Never settle; insist on a good fit.
- Match the shoe to the activity: tennis shoes for tennis and so on.
- Try to select heels with a true heel height of no more than three inches (learn more about true height here).
Of course, for preventing blisters it’s best to break in new shoes by increasing wear time gradually.
We know that high heels – even if they fit right – are notorious for producing blisters on the backs of the heels. That’s because they invariably shift the weight to the front of the shoe, leaving slippage at the back that rubs at every step. But if you can’t resist wearing them, check out the non-slip pads and cushions that are getting rave reviews from the customers who’ve bought them.
Discover Healthful Additions
Besides the right shoes and socks, there are other products that can help keep feet cool, dry and blister free:
- Gel cushions.
- Perspiration-absorbing shoe insoles and inserts.
- Sprays, creams and powders for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Remove “ouch” from your foot vocabulary today when you shop by condition for the solutions that suit you.