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Help from walkers needed! Blisters!

MtnBikerChk2010-05-01 17:55:15 +0000 #1
I did a search and haven't seen any threads like this in a few years so here goes.

I ride a ton and do not have any issues with blisters. The only time I do is when we go on a vacation and do lots and lots of walking in a week.

I usually get them on the outside of my big toes and on the bottoms of my pinky toes.

I've tried all different types of socks and a few different sneakers. Where should I start to try to narrow down the cause?

I have A-lines in my ski boots but I think they only help with my heel and instep although I can try them in my sneakers if you think it'll help.

THANKS!
berkeley2010-05-01 18:01:36 +0000 #2
Are the shoes broken in? That's the easiest thing to check for...

Otherwise, the main cause for me was shoes that were too wide or too big. Shoes that are too big cause your feet to have a ton of extra movement within the shoe, causing lots of problems with blisters.

And if they are too small, I would imagine your foot would get more friction than it should, too.

I got my feet fit for shoes at a walk/run specialty store and have never had a problem since they got me the right brand/width/size. But if I wear anything else...
KSH2010-05-01 18:20:42 +0000 #3
Have you put Body Glide all over your feet before putting them in the socks? That keeps me from getting blisters.

Good luck!
uk elephant2010-05-01 19:07:20 +0000 #4
The best, and cheapest, solution I find to blisters is to wear two pairs of socks when hiking. Get a pair of thin liner socks (silk or wool is best in my opinion) and wear them under a good pair of hiking socks (again wool is best). Then make sure the shoes fit you well of course, not too tight not too loose. But the two pairs of socks works wonders.
MtnBikerChk2010-05-01 19:23:41 +0000 #5
Quote:

Originally Posted by berkeley

I got my feet fit for shoes at a walk/run specialty store and have never had a problem since they got me the right brand/width/size. But if I wear anything else...

Thanks - I think I might do this

UK

Isn't 2 pairs of socks hot?
uk elephant2010-05-01 19:28:42 +0000 #6
Not when it's two thin layers, a pair of thin silk liners and a pair of thin wool hiking socks is not too hot and feels far more comfortable than cotton socks in any temperature.

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