How to Stop Blisters when Running

How to Stop Blisters when Running

Posted by Rafe Baker on

Painful and hard to get rid of, blisters are a runner’s worst nightmare. Join us in this week’s blog as we discuss the best ways to stop blisters forming when running.

 

Correct Footwear

 

Ensuring your running shoes are the right size is imperative. Shoes that are too small or too big can lead to friction and rubbing against the skin, causing blisters. Your local running shop will often perform gait and size analysis, helping you find the perfect shoe.

 

Making sure your running trainers have a suitable tread for the terrain is just as important. A road running shoe will tend to have a road-specific tread, while a trail running or cross-country shoe will have a tread designed for traction and grip on uneven landscapes. If the tread is too smooth or too rough for a surface, it can increase friction between your foot and the shoe, again leading to blisters.

 

 

Specialised Socks

 

Often overlooked, purpose-built running socks are essential. Moisture inside socks softens the skin, making feet more vulnerable to damage from friction. Everyday cotton socks tend to trap moisture, leading to discomfort and blisters. In contrast, premium running socks are moisture-wicking and breathable, letting perspiration escape.

 

Padding in the footbed, heel and toes - areas especially prone to blisters - is also vital.  Cushioning helps to absorb the force of impact and reduce pressure points, minimising repetitive trauma, which is a major cause of blisters.

 

We have used our own running experience to design running socks that are moisture-wicking, cushioned and highly breathable. An ergonomic approach sees specific left and right socks, stopping excess fabric and wrinkles rubbing against the skin.

 

The Wissington (pictured below) and Pedham are industry-leading running socks. Anti-blister technology guarantees long-term comfort, with ankle length suited to warmer weather.

 

 

The Hilgay and Blofield are mid length iterations of the same socks, providing additional comfort and support.

 

Extra Precautions

 

Additional measures such as avoiding lubricant jelly, increasing your running mileage gradually and applying blister-specific tape are also effective in reducing the likelihood of blisters. However, starting with the correct socks and shoes is always the best approach.

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