Blister Relief

Aug 3rd 2011

While running 3,000 miles across the country, I suffered only one small blister along the way. This may lead you to conclude that I know volumes about blister prevention. I don't, and fortunately, I don't need to. Some people, it seems, are just more prone to blisters than others. I am not one of those people. I could run in sandpaper socks and probably not chafe. Lucky me.

But this article is not about me. It’s about strategies for those people who do get blisters. Given my lack of practical experience, I am probably the least qualified person of all to write this piece. So if any of you readers can offer some suggestions, please leave your comments below.

Okay, here goes.

Blister Prevention 101 involves keeping your feet as dry as possible. Wet feet are a surefire recipe for blisters. A pair of good moisture-wicking socks is essential in keeping your feet dry. Some runners also find it useful to sprinkle some talcum powder in their socks to help absorb excess moisture. Blister Shield and Gold Bond are two popular options.

Another strategy is to keep your feet lubricated by using a product like Body Glide, Sportslick, Aquaphor, or Sports Shield.

Of course, taping your feet in advance with a product like 2nd Skin Blister Pads or Moleskin remains a popular approach.

One product you may not have heard of is a blister prevention spray called Blisstop. I know some blister-prone runners who swear by the stuff.

Others swear by the Injingi toesock. They give these out at the Badwater Ultramarathon, which is a testament to their efficacy.

An African proverb reads: “Life is short and full of blisters.” Hopefully these tips can help your running be long and blister-free!

Okay, my fellow blister-savvy comrades, now it’s up to you. Any additional thoughts, suggestions, insights, or recommendations?  Take it away…

Dean