In many cases, preventing blisters mainly comes down to what you put on your feet. Here are some things you need to look for when choosing a pair of running or athletic shoes:
- Comfortable fit, with a good ½” to ¾” space beyond the end of your longest toe
- Wide enough to avoid friction at the sides of the big and pinky toes
- High enough not to rub the tops of your toes
- Lace snugly to hold your heel in place without slipping
- Fit well with the thickest socks you will wear in them
Other tricks to keep blisters away include applying petroleum jelly on hotspots (friction points) before donning your socks, and reapplying as needed. This lubricates your skin to reduce shear between its layers. Using moleskin pads in areas of risk also helps. Adhesive silicone pads act like a second skin to protect tender areas. You can also apply antiperspirant to help keep your feet drier, and use lamb’s wool between toes to reduce friction.
For more helpful hints on lowering your risk for blisters, or to treat a large and painful one, call Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center at (303) 423-2520 to set up a visit.