After I just got back from running I'm enjoying them immensely again (), but does anyone have any tips on both preventing blisters and healing them? (apart from not running 10+ km on brand new shiny boots )
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I heard wear a femine "stocking" under neath your sock works. I wore mine around everywere around the house for a couple weeks that broke them in nicely. Other then that I'd probably pop those blister's and put polysporin and a bandaid around it, its better then it poping in your boots on a run and that way it should be not so much of a hell on the back of your heels when running.
Moleskin, is a God send. Put it where you think you will get blisters, or even over existing blisters to cushion them somewhat. Its sticky on one side, soft on the other. Maybe you should stop wearing wooden clogs.
I've had lots of blisters and have tried just about every 'cure' out there. My way is to drain them with a sterilized (read heated with a lighter), dab on some neosporin or other antibiotic, and put some sterile gauze on. After the gauze I snugly (but not too tightly) tape over it with regular duct tape. This is better than moleskin because it will not move, is cheaper, and I would carry duct tape on general principle, but not moleskin. The ultimate prevention method is to get your feet tougher. To toughen the skin on the bottom of your foot, simply hike or run more. Alternatively, walk around barefoot as often as possible, on rough ground if feasible, or use a product called ToughFoot. I haven't used it personally, but I have heard it works great and does the trick. Hope this advice helps, as I wish I would have know the tricks a long time ago.
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Get your boots squared away like Royal said. If your boots don't give you blisters then you don't have to treat them.
Boots are made for walking, running big distances in them is inviting injury. Stick to runners for your road work.
Definitely walk around barefoot alot, even in shoes. Whenever I have to walk to or from school I go without socks, which means my feet get pretty sweaty but it'll really help toughen 'em up. It'll hurt a bit if you walk longer distances barefoot though your feet will start to become more callous.
Wear 2 pairs of socks; a very thin polypropalyne or silk (wicking) pair and then a normal woolen pair.
My old man told me that one fifteen years ago. Everyone in ROTC thought I was nuts. I still wear my boots with two layers to this day...even working on the farm.
Well, except when doing concrete work.
I have also found that gel heal inserts are the gods gift too human kind. I found these little beauties after college playing indoor league soccer. Won't prevent blisters but lessens the impact on the heel and knees a bit.
Sometimes, I just ignore the blisters, let them pop, and keep going. I live in a pretty damn dry area (SoCal desert), so my patrols don't usually last more than 3 days, and the lack of humidity means I wouldn't get an infection for the most part.
I've found that the more padding a boot has, the worse the blisters get. I took the soles out from inside my Altama's, and they're more comfortable than ever. Hard soles somehow translate into less discomfort.