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ASHLEEBABEE2308 SparkPoints: (634)
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1/22/13 11:47 A

I've started wearing Adidas socks on the treadmill. They're tighter and they have like a mesh sort of looking thing on the top that I believe when I bought them advertised letting the foot breathe and not letting your feet sweat when you work out so they might work. Unfortunately we just recently dished out the $150ish to get these two pairs of shoes that I had thought were working and now we can't return them and we're kind of tight on money and I don't have a job yet so buying another pair of sneakers is basically out of the question. Are there any other solutions beside buying another pair of sneakers that anyone can mention?

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1/22/13 10:06 A

A couple of relatives of mine have a lot of issues with their feet...some tips they got about shoes...if you wear them a lot, shoes are actually good for only about 6 months. Orthopedic surgeons told my little sister, who has had multiple surgeries to correct a severly clubbed foot, that she should replace her shoes after 6 months to a year of wear. She and several other relatives who have plantar fascitis have also been told that Dr. Scholl's arch support inserts are helpful...

But, please check with a doctor as well...you may have other issues going on with your feet that this advice may not be appropriate for.

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1/22/13 8:52 A

Yeah, sounds like it's definitely time to get some shoes fitted! See if you can find a specialty running store. Getting myself properly fitted (they analyze your gait and stance) made for an amazing fit. They do more than just measure, these days running shoes are tweaked for dozens of foot types! It's well worth it.

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1/22/13 8:16 A

Hi,

Blisters are caused from two things...moisture and friction. If you are not wearing a wicking sock (material that pulls away moisture from the skin) and the proper shoe, this could be an issue. Our feet change over time, not to mention that many times the shoe manufacturers will make changes to the last so that the shoe you have been wearing for years no longer fits the same. My suggestion is to get some good wicking socks and get fitted for shoes at your locarl running specialty store and see if that resolves your issue.

Coach Nancy

ASHLEEBABEE2308 SparkPoints: (634)
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1/21/13 11:46 P

Normally I wear Hanes socks. They're a little loose (not like skin tight socks) but I've always worn them to work out. I've been wearing the same brand and type of sock for most of my life. They've never given me issues. I did read online the other night when I tried to research it that socks can cause the problem so I switched over to some athletic socks (not sure on the brand but they're more skin tight-ish so no bagginess there) and I noticed when I worked out this morning that my foot wasn't hurting me as much as it had been the other day.

The last time I was fitted for running sneakers was a few years back when I wore the Saucony Ride 3's. I wore them for about 2-3 years until they grew too small and actually tore my toenail off and then realized that Saucony was no longer making them. Since them I've probably gone through about 20 different shoes, wearing them for a month or so and then returning them because they didn't work. As I mentioned, my shoe guy who's always been great is now in his mid-80's I believe and is slowly losing it. He fit me for shoes that were too big (which I was not aware of until recently when I got new shoes) and then proceeded to try and fix the problem of them causing my feet to hurt after wearing them for like 20 minutes by giving me wedges in my arches and memory foam insoles and other things that did not work for me. So we are not using him anymore and are unsure of where to find someone like him to give me advice on shoes because, again, I have a lot of leg and foot issues that aren't easily solved. I got the first pair of Guide 5's sometime in late November I believe and have had them for about two months. They only recently (like 2 weeks ago roughly) started causing this issue. My right shoe is doing it as well but not as badly. On my left foot I have large blisters stretching across the entire arch and on the right foot I only have a small spot.

At first they were just rough patches that I assumed were dead skin or something of the sort from not being used to having an arch. Then the one on my left foot popped and the dead skin came off and now the pain has escalated and the blisters are getting larger and higher in number. I tried putting a tongue pad (white piece of fabric with a sticky side that I used with my older shoes to keep my foot from sliding in the back of the shoe) on the arch, thinking it would keep my foot from moving and cushion it, but it only made the issue worse. I work out roughly 5-7 times a week, a half hour of walking and running on an old treadmill that is slowly dying (we need to replace it soon before it is giving obviously signs of decay after roughly 10 years of hard use). I have been doing this with these sneakers since I got them in November.

I understand that my left foot is probably worse off because it is probably slightly wider than my right foot. I know that feet tend to differ slightly in things like that. I know the shoes fit in length and width. I had thought that they were perfect for me and they hadn't been giving me any issues until now.

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1/21/13 11:29 P

What kind of socks are you wearing?

Have you actually been fitted for running shoes recently? How old are these shoes, and how long have you been working out in them?

Blisters are a friction burn, basically. It has nothing to do with toughening them up. If you're getting blisters, something's not fitting right, or you don't have the right equipment for your needs.

ASHLEEBABEE2308 SparkPoints: (634)
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1/21/13 11:21 P

I've had leg and foot problems for years. I have flat feet but I'm kind of hopeless when it comes to finding the right pair of shoes for me. My mom used to work in a shoe store and I used to get all my shoes from that place and the man who owns it would put arches in for free if you bought his shoes and everything. Only now he's getting up there in age and he's unreliable. So we have these two pairs of Saucony Guide 5 sneakers, one for the treadmill and one for wearing outdoors. And the first pair that I got for the treadmill worked fine for about 2 months and suddenly I'm having serious arch pain in my left foot (not the right one) when I wear them to exercise and getting massive blisters along my arch so that now I have to wear the other shoes on the treadmill to work out just to keep my foot from hurting (because, again, the other pair are much newer and have not hit that painful point yet). I'm confused as to why the shoes have suddenly started to hurt me when they were so comfortable for the first two months and now we can't return them. I haven't worn arches in my shoes in a very long time either. I have tried switching socks which seems to soothe the pain slightly but not altogether.

My mom thinks it might simply be a case of toughening up my arch since the skin there is unused to having an arch rubbing against it or I might need to get some sort of insert in my sneakers to cushion the arch and keep it from irritating my foot. I would like someone else's opinion on this and suggestions for what can be done and what sort of inserts to look into because I have never used inserts before and an insight into why my shoes have suddenly turned against me.

Thanks.

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