The Massive Blister That Just Won’t Heal
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I decided about a month ago that I would need to buy a pair of running shoes. I’d been running for about 6 weeks without any debilitating knee pain at this point and felt confident that I would be stick to running long enough to get my money’s worth from the investment. And I started developing a blister on my left big toe that I *thought* was caused from running in my crosstrainers. I figured that a shoe specific to running might have some more toe room naturally and, if not, I’d get a half to one size larger for more toe room.
Fast forward to 2 weeks ago. I got fitted for a pair of running shoes at a running specialty store. They evaluated my gait, put me in about 5 different pairs of shoes, and sent me on test runs outside the store. I left the store with a pair of running shoes half a size larger than my street shoe size that felt totally comfortable while I ran. If you read my “Running Update” blog, you know that I got blisters on my feet from my first run in them. Those blisters were on my arches, almost on the underside of my feet. I tried wearing 2 pairs of socks (helped the first time I tried it but not subsequent tries) and then I bought moleskin. Ta da! No more blisters or painful friction on my arches at all. Problem 2 solved. But Problem 1?
Even in my running shoes, I keep getting this godforsaken blister on my left big toe. I’ve covered it in bandaids. I’ve surrounded it on all sides with moleskin and taped over the blister a piece of gauze just big enough to cover it. I’ve been wearing sandals to air out my feet during the day. For the first week and a half, it survived cross-training days without blowing up, and on my running days it would *look* like it was healed prior to running. Sure enough, though, it blew up after every run. Then last week, it started rubbing and getting bigger even on my cross-training days. And it no longer even looks like it ever goes away. It gets smaller, but it won’t go away.
Ironically, this beast doesn’t hurt at all while I’m running. Sometimes it’ll hurt on elliptical, and it consistently and noticeably smarts when I walk on the treadmill; but it leaves me alone when I run. Nonetheless, I just don’t think it’s good to have a blister, painful or not, for over a month that will not completely heal.
What do I need to do??? I thought about getting the bandaids specifically made to heal blisters. They’re expensive, though, and I don’t know if that’ll cause more friction since I’ll then have less toe room in my shoe. Does anyone have any suggestions? This blister’s up to three-quarters of an inch long and it’s growing.