THREE RUNNING SCENARIOS
- You’re out for an early morning run before work and you feel a blister rubbing at the back of your heel ...
- You’ve caught up with a couple of friends at a local race and all of a sudden your pinky toe feels like a piece of raw flesh ...
- You’ve been training for an event. It’s the last big run before your taper and half way through, you feel the burn and squelch of a blister developing under the ball of your foot ...
HECK ... WHAT DO I DO NOW?
- You take your shoe off and hobble home … who am I kidding, you tough it out and keep running!
- You decide to ignore it and deal with it when you get home - don’t want to look like a wuss to your friends.
- You take your shoes and socks off to find a deep blister under some thickened skin. “What do I do now? Should I pop it or just leave it alone? Is there enough time for this to heal? Is this going to give me grief on the day?”
How To Heal A Blister On Your Foot
The missing link to faster healing and less pain
There's something you don't know about friction. And your feet need you to know this!
Think back to your last foot blister …
That one on the back of your heel, under the ball of your foot, or on your toe.
You treated it with a plaster…you know, to stop that friction.
But I bet you think friction is rubbing. It isn’t.
Friction is about grip. High friction means two surfaces grip together. Low friction means they don’t … they’re slippery.
There is high friction in your shoe. There just is. This means your skin grips your sock; and your sock grips your shoe. They all grip together so your foot doesn’t slide around in there. But with every step you take, your bones move under your skin. And everything between skin and bone is pulled and stretched. This pulling and stretching is what causes blisters.
We call it shear. And it needs high friction to get anywhere near blister-causing.
You can stop blisters in the first place by cutting friction levels – this is smart! But if you miss the blister prevention boat …
You'll want to know how to heal that blister fast And make it hurt less.
The answer is not a blister plaster.
The answer is to cut friction levels
Make it less grippy (more slippery) where your blister is.
Because if you don’t…that pulling/stretching continues at the blister base while it’s trying to heal
Making it hurt more And taking longer to heal.
Most people don’t know to do this. (Because they’re caught up with thinking friction is rubbing).
But by making it less grippy (more slippery), just where the blister is you can get back up and on your feet again...even the worst blisters!
So how can you cut friction levels?
Pick one of these:
• Tapes (maybe)
• Moisture-wicking socks
• Double socks
All of these cut friction levels. Some work better than others. In other words, some don’t get friction down low enough … for long enough. And so when friction inevitably rises, everything grips together again. And you’re back to square one.
But one or two work brilliantly, keeping friction very low for very long. (I do have a favourite).
So if you’ve got a blister …
Make no mistake.
You still need to put a plaster over it. To protect the fragile blister roof. But to truly be effective at treating it you will need to cut friction levels. So your blister can heal quickly and hurt less.
Figure out which of these friction-cutting strategies is right for you, right for your feet, your shoes and your lifestyle
You’ll thank me!