Post # 1
This week I uped my mileage to 3.25 miles every other day but I’m getting a blister on my little toe from rubbing against my shoe. Does anyone else have this problem? I sometimes have this happen with dress shoes too, so maybe it’s just my feet. I know it’s not because I have wide feet so I can rule that out (my feet are petite just like me). I know I can always but on a bandaid but I’d rather not!
Post # 3
moleskin in your shoe? that always worked for me!
Post # 4
Well, I started wearing smart wool socks instead of cotton. I’m sure there is a much more expensive space-age material that would be even better, but since the change I have gotten zero blisters, and I never even notice my feet at all. In addition, Body Glide is pretty awesome for chub rub, and I hear it is good for your toes also.
3.25 rocks! Way to go!
Post # 5
It could be a few things. First (and most likely IMO) your shoes may not be the best ones for your feet. Have you gotten professionally fitted at a running store (the one I use is RoadRunner Sports). It’s free and easy and they give you recs based upon your feet and how you step, etc.
Secondly – you could try something like Body Glide to see if it helps.
Good luck and stick with it!
Post # 6
Good for you for increasing your distance. That’s awesome!
I’m a marathoner and I have serious foot blister issues. I will echo the other bees thoughts. Body Glide is awesome. Definitely a good first step since it costs so little.
Socks are another good thing to look at. Are you wearing cotton or synthetic? It is important to have moisture-wicking.
Third, you might want to go up a shoe size. I wear a 6 or 6.5 dress shoe and I begrugingly went up to a 7.5 running shoe. It has helped.
Also, you should be professionally fitted for shoes because you might be pronating (rolling your foot outward). If that is the case, you can get a shoe that will help you with that. This is really important because it will become more of an issue as you continue to run longer distances.
Bring your current shoes to the running store with you so they can look at them and see your wear pattern. The good running stores will do this, and watch you run to determine what your needs are.
One final note: I am petite and I have narrow ankles. It was hard to find shoes but I figured out what worked for me (Adidas). That said, running shoes are very personal and you shouldn’t pick a shoe based on what anyone else says/wears (or based on how they look).
Sorry so long…apparently I have a lot to say. Feel free to message me if you have any running questions at all.
Post # 7
It’s probably your shoes or your socks. Like SanDiegoAli said, different brands and styles are better for different types of feet and strides. I used to run in New Balance and had all sorts of foot and shin pain. Then I went to a running store, and they told me to try Mizuno because it fits my foot shame (extreme high arch) better. Pain gone. Blisters may also be new non-broken-in shoes, or old shoes that are wearing out.
If you’re wearing cotton socks, though, that’s probably it. Wool, space-age fancy pants socks… I find that anything synthenic tends to work well for me whereas cotton socks are most likely to clump and blister, particularly with tighter shoes.
Post # 8
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Bestforlast summed it up perfectly, I think! Wicking socks (not cotton), body glide and going up a 1/2 size in your shoe or switching to a slightly wider brand (Asics and Brooks generally run a bit wide) could help with that blister…Good luck!
Post # 9
Thanks for all the input, I really appreciate it! It never occurred that my cotton socks would be part of the problem! I hope this works, it’ll be so much easier to increase my milage with out this nagging little blister!
Post # 10
Nike makes an amazing wicking sock that makes me feel faster and lighter, which I know is ridiculous, but they are seriously one of the best investments i have made during the course of my marathon training! They cost me 8 bucks a pair, but it is well worth it! No blisters at all!
Post # 11
One more thing to add. Generally it is a good idea to not mess with your blisters. In other words, don’t pop it or anything. Just let it be. Once it heals, just let it callous. When I get pedicures I tell them not to buff my blister areas because they are less likely to re-blister if they are harder.
Post # 12
I agree with @bestforlast, just leave ’em be, paint your toenails and rock some flip flops. They are kind of gross looking but they beat the pain of rubbing an open sore against your socks on your next run (sorry for the uber gross visual… blech)