Most runners develop blisters at one some point. These annoying wounds are caused by surface friction on the skin, which shears away the top layer from the underlying areas. The resulting pocket fills up with fluid (including, sometimes, blood) and voila! You have a blister.
I used to have fierce blister problems. I slathered vaseline on them, and on occassion wrapped each toe with medical tape. Once I tried both measures at the same time with disastrous results: the tape slipped off my toes and balled up into a slimy mass in my shoe during a marathon.
It didn’t have to be that way; there are some very manageable solutions to blisters:
- Make sure your shoes fit properly. Get fitted at a reputable running store to ensure the best fit.
- Use the right socks. Try dual-layered socks or ultra-thin running socks. The key is to avoid cotton,
- Use a good lubricant. Vaseline does work, but newer lubricants availalbe now are easier to apply and last longer. Apply them to any area where you’ve expereinced discomfort — not only on your instep and toes, but also in your armpits, inner thighs.