Blisters had plagued me for years.... both my toes, and heels. Now I'm pretty much blister free. First my toes: mine were rather "wired wrong"...hammer toes, crossed against each other, etc. so until I was fortunate enough to have surgery, I used the cream form of Body Glide between them. It worked wonders in preventing the skin-on-skin rubbing and the sock rubbing. (Available at many athletic stores, and online at REI, etc...) Second my heels: I had pretty good luck with using tape to prevent them, although I still wore out the back of my shoes quickly. Note that I wasn't using just athletic tape...but a version that had a separate flexible underlayment called "Cover Roll Stretch" which is very skin friendly, and a tightly woven non stretch stiff tape called Leukotape. You can leave it in place for several days even. I found both at a Medical Pharmacy although not all carry them. (I was first introduced to it by a physical therapist for my knee...) What has REALLY made a difference in my heel blisters though was when I mentioned the heel blisters to my podiatrist. She had me walk barefoot up and down the hall, and detected a change in my gait which was caused by overtight achilles tendons!! It makes the back of your foot come up sooner and rub the shoe wrong...!! She had me start doing "shoes on, toes up on the wall, and stretch the back of the calf"...holding for 30 secs, 3 times on each leg. I was amazed at the difference!! I do them regularly now. I still will use tape if I am hiking a long distance, but generally no blisters now and I don't wear out the back of shoes like I did! All the best on finding the best remedy for yourself!! Blisters take the Joy outta ...Everything! patti
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 11/2/2018 (16:15)
Patti "The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
Thank you so much for your suggestions. I will look at that article on lacing technique right now, as I'm about to head to the gym. The lining in my shoes is definitely worn out, and I know that's a big part of the problem. I hope to be able to spring for new shoes soon. I can't progress if blisters keep setting me back!
Also, it is worth taking a look at the liner of your shoe where it is causing blisters- if it is breaking down and forming small balls of fabric, these can rub against your skin. Trimming these with scissors can reduce blisters.
I agree with the other posters - sounds like it is time for a new pair of shoes, but if these are beyond budget at the moment, try some of the above suggestions as an interim fix. Good luck with the job hunt!
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I agree that getting new shoes is a priority here, especially if you want to keep running on the treadmill. Your shoes are 2 years old and they do break down over time on their own and with use, but also your feet may have changed in that time, especially if you have lost weight in that time (it looks like you have, so to that).
In the meantime, you may want to consider giving the elliptical some time. Yes, it's difficult to get started, but you can build on that time as you get more used to it. If you can only do 10 minutes, do 10 minutes on it and then add on to that time as you get more used to it. You can even do that a few times a day to get more time in total or to get more time, try doing something else in addition to it. You can find a lot of free cardio workouts on youtube that you might be able to do in your home to help give you something new, fun, and add on more time to your cardio sessions.
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I agree that new shoes are a priority. As far as brand... that totally depends on you foot and how you land on it, We are all different, so what works for me might be completely wrong for you.
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I have an issue. I am getting faster and faster on the treadmill and that's so exciting, but I always have to cut my workout short because I get multiple blisters on my feet from the walking. I'm very heavy, and while it's true I don't get blisters AS quickly when I walk off the treadmill, I still get them eventually either way. To make it worse, they put me out of commission for three days afterwards. I really want to keep progressing, and it's always frustrating to know that I can do more but not being able to.
I don't have the money right now for new shoes because I am still job searching. I can't walk outdoors instead because it's getting cold, I don't have proper winter gear, and there's been an uptick in crime in my new neighborhood lately so I don't feel safe there. My "gym" at the apartment consists of two treadmills, two ellipticals, and a few dumbbells. I tried wearing two layers of tight socks, but nothing. I got professionally fitted for these shoes and paid a good amount for them, but that was like two years ago so they are probably done.
I suppose I could use the elliptical instead, but it does a number on my legs and I usually can't go more than 10 minutes at very best because I'm just not used to it. Plus I find it harder to track improvements in pace using the elliptical because I'm not sure how accurate the miles per hour is on there.
What do you all recommend, either for stopping the blisters, getting used to the elliptical, or just shoe recommendations for when I can afford them? Sorry about the long question. Just very frustrated here.