I think a good point was brought up by the post right below mine too...socks are VERY important...as important as the shoes! :-)
If you are wearing cotton based socks that don't wick sweat away then it will encourage blister formation. Find socks that are breathable and sweat wicking. My favorites are Feetures and I know my sister also loves Injinji. They are expensive - but they are worth it!
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The wrong shoes (from personal experience) can contribute to a multitude of issues.
My small suggestion (which I do) for runs...
I smear Body Glide on my feet, between my toes etc so that irritation from rubbing is lessened. I've also just bought a pair if INJINJI socks - (the ones with toes). I don't have a verdict on these as yet, but it is said they help minimize blisters.
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I'm SO glad to hear you're okay after all that ordeal!
You should probably ask your doctor that question too. I know that pred can make people more prone to infection, but what you dealt with is a pretty severe infection! Not your run of the mill runners' issue for sure. You might want to know from your doc why this might have happened to you, and how you can prevent it in the future. For example, whether you have problems with circulation/diabetes that might have led to this situation? Important lesson learned about not running through blisters though - yikes!
Glad to hear you're recovered and back on the road. Best of luck!
Kirsten Peterborough, Ontario
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I am a prime example of why you do not run in shoes before breaking them in and why you get fitted for shoes before changing which style you're using. In March, I decided I wanted to pick up a new pair of running shoes for a 5K I was doing for work. They didn't have my usual style in stock, so I picked up a different style and proceeded to run/train. I ended up with blisters, which wouldn't have been so bad, but I kept running on them and they didn't heal. Fast forward to May, allergy season. My eyes swelled shut due to allergies and I went through a round of prednisone. My eyes got better, but the blister on my left foot got infected badly. I went to the doctor and got on antibiotics. Turns out, I finally found an antibiotic I'm allergic to - my eyes swelled again. Then came a cortisone injection, followed by another cortisone injection and a round of oral antifungals. In the past month, I've been through a staph infection, then a fungal infection and only over this weekend has it finally started drying up. Last week, after a solid three weeks of doctor's orders to stay off my foot (including walking, biking and elliptical) I've finally been cleared to start gently.
My question is... what can I do to prevent this from EVER happening again? Any foot sprays, powders, washes and/or I should use? How often? How often should I spray my shoes? Wash my feet? I used to think it was fine to just change socks after working out but now I'm not so sure. I typically work out on my lunch break and don't shower afterward, just wipe down which I know sounds gross but is actually better for my eczema.
PS. I did order a pair of the shoes I know fit.
Edited by: LKISINSATIABLE at: 6/11/2012 (16:41)
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