sandal season and running season, which means blisters are
back in full force.
there are ways that your feet and your shoes can get along,
even if itís the first day that youíre wearing new
footwear, said Marlene Reid, podiatric physician and surgeon
at the Family Podiatry Center of Naperville, Ill.
is the key when it comes to blisters," Reid said.
Band-Aids, and put some moleskin pads in your shoe where the
potential irritation will occur, Reid said.
is better to put the moleskin on the shoe as opposed to the
foot, and the moleskin should extend beyond the area of
concern," she said, explaining that if you put it on your
foot, it may slide off the skin.
are also silicone products that can be used on the skin to
help disperse pressure. These are good to keep on hand for
emergency blisters for runners, walkers or anyone wearing
heels to a party, Reid said.
getting blisters regularly from running, then try using paper
(surgical) tape, said Doug Richie, a podiatrist with the Seal
Beach Podiatry Group in California.
1-inch paper tape (3M Micropore Paper Tape, $3.97 at
Amazon.com) should be applied in one smooth layer over the
anticipated blister area.
published in the Clinical Journal in Sport Medicine found that
paper tape is the least expensive and most effective option
for preventing blisters. It reduced blisters by 40 percent at
the end of a 155-mile ultramarathon, the study found.
could better those odds by making sure your feet are always
dry, as moisture leads to blisters.
mineral oil and other skin lubricants should be avoided,"
feet sweat so often, Richie suggests that runners put on a
fresh, dry pair of socks right before race time because feet
begin sweating early on race day due to nervous anxiety.
of socks you wear are also important.
fiber socks should be abandoned in favor of synthetic fiber
socks such as Coolmax or polypropylene, Richie said. In cooler
climates, wool fiber socks are sometimes superior because wool
absorbs up to 30 percent of its weight in water, keeping your
feet dry in almost any conditions.