Thoughts and advice on this sensitive subject..
I suffer with sore feet on occasions and at least three of my long distance events have been marred by horrendous blisters.
I have tried most things and had found Hydropel worked well until it was discontinued. I have just ordered Drymax socks on a fellow runners recommendation.
What are everyone elses top tips.
not a personal recommendation but a quick 'google' revealed something called 'gurney goo' which is apparently similar, some say better, than hydropel
I'm generally fine upto 50 mile but beyond that my soles get maserated then blistered. The pain really tests your mental resolve.
Never heard of that Steve I will have a look.
So far I've found Vaseline plus twin-skinned socks works for me, including in some extremely wet races with my feet wet practically from start to finish - but I've only tested it up to 50 miles and to a little under 10 hours, so I can't say whether the combination would continue to work for longer times.
I do tend to wear debris giaters as well, to minimise bits getting into the shoes.
That was an interesting read. I have done alot of what she describes and can pretty much manage toe blisters now.
The main problem is the soles. Perhaps i could coat them in industrial strength silicone.
Peronel: I can't wear wool next to my skin - even Merino wool stuff starts to itch after a fairly short time.
Dill - You may already have tried Lanacane, if not probably worth a try, suspect it may be very similar to Hydropel, just not marketed as sports specific. I use both the gel and the powder and find both great. Lanacane is in most supermarkets and chemists, from time to time t even turns up in pound shops, which is great as it can be a little pricey.
I have not tried this but it was heartily recommended on a podcast I listen too Squeaky Cheeks, not sure about UK availability though.
I stopped getting blisters when I started using DryMax socks and also stopped using orthotics..
DryMax socks are just amazing... not only for blister avoidance but for generally keeping your feet healthy. Run through a puddle, you get wet... and then 10 minutes later your feet feel dry again...
Since I started using DryMax trail socks I haven't had a single blister.
Thanks Alistair and yes i have tried Lanacane on my toes during shorter races with good results not sure its heavy duty enough for the longer stuff.
I had it sussed with Hilly ultra light socks and Hydropel on my soles. Change socks and reapply cream ever 25 miles. Sorted until they stopped making hydropel.
I have also tried Vaseline, Body Glide liquified powder, Gehwol and kinesio taping. Preying Drymax socks will work for me.
Dill.. I hope the socks work for you.. blisters are big frustration. I tried most of the things you have.. I used to spend about an hour preparing my feet before a big run... now.. put on socks and shoes and go. No preparation at all. DryMax worked immediately for me... I hope they do the same for you too.
Dill - I don't particuarly have issues anyway so might be the reason that Lanacane worked for me at a 24HR race last year, just one good application at the start didn't change socks or shoes and didn't reapply.
I've read a lot about American ultra runners pre-taping the soles of their feet with duct tape. Real B&Q silver duct tape. Never tried it, never needed to yet. Agree that after a bad bout of blistering the skin is more fragile for months afterwards even when it's apparently long since healed. The last bad toe blister I had, the skin was still tender over six months after it looked as if it was back to normal...
WE get something called Hirschlag here in Switzerland, Scholl make it so sure it must also be available in England too. Coming from the queen of blisters, its the only thing that I have found to work in all 4 of the marathons I have run. I get blisters from everything, not just running, so believe me, I speak from experience.
I know one guy who keeps coming back to the Thames Ring, and never gets a blister. I probed him on his methods, and he told me the following:
He treats his socks with talc and changed them every 25 miles.
He uses a mid foot plant while running to avoid friction between foot and shoe.
He selects shoes with a fit that will avoid movement relative to the foot generally.
He modifies his shoes so that they drain, and replaces the laces with bungee cords so that they can be put on and taken off quickly.
He puts insoles in his shoes a size to small, so that if when his feet move inside the shoe, it is the insole and not the foot that gets rubbed.
He concluded by suggesting that I have a play around with these methods, so see what works for me.
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