Beginner's Questions

Beginner's Questions

Post by Steve Peti » Tue, 23 Mar 1999 04:00:00


I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year.  It's been sorta
off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
regularity.  Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot.  Is this a shoe
problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin?  Also, any suggestions
regarding leg chafing?  It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
courir...

TIA!  Steve

 
 
 

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Post by Mark Mille » Wed, 24 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Your blisters are in a unusual location - they may indicate the need for a
better quality, or at least better fitting shoe.  I put baby powder on my
feet and wear well-cushioned running socks and haven't had a blister for
many years.

For the chafing, use a sports lubricant like BodyGlide.  Takes 5 seconds to
put on, and it will solve your problem immediately.

-- Mark


Quote:
> I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year.  It's been sorta
> off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
> regularity.  Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
> seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot.  Is this a shoe
> problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin?  Also, any suggestions
> regarding leg chafing?  It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
> courir...

> TIA!  Steve


 
 
 

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Post by Mike Tenne » Wed, 24 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year.  It's been sorta
>off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
>regularity.  Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
>seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot.  Is this a shoe
>problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin?  Also, any suggestions
>regarding leg chafing?  It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
>courir...

>TIA!  Steve

Blisters are caused by friction, so you need to figure out what's rubbing.  Your
shoes may be too loose or too tight in that area.  Or maybe your socks got
crinkled up in that area?

For chafing, try a glob of vaseline. Cheap and effective.

Mike Tennent
"IronPenguin"
'98 Ironman Canada, 16:17:03

 
 
 

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Post by Kevin Ch » Thu, 25 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year.  It's been sorta
> off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
> regularity.  Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
> seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot.  Is this a shoe
> problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin?  Also, any suggestions
> regarding leg chafing?  It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
> courir...

The other guy wrote that your blisters are in an unusual location, but
I get my blisters in exactly the same spot.  I found I got fewer
blisters by:

1)  Switching from court shoes to running shoes.  (I just used
whatever shoes I had around when I started, I didn't have actual
running shoes.)  I found the staff in a running store to be far more
knowledgeable and helpful than the staff in a general sports store.

2)  Wearing Thorlo running socks.  I don't know if it's the synthetic
material or the thickness that helps with my blisters.  A pair is $13
Canadian in my area, but they last.

3)  Relax your feet and/or your whole body.  Since I've been relaxing
and running, uh, more like an albatross, for lack of a better
description, I've gotten fewer cramps (stitches), fewer blisters, and
I'm actually faster too.

4)  I've been running a different route recently, in a park, because
the SPCA has recommended that I not use my regular route until they
deal with the dog that has bitten me twice (once in October and once
on Saturday).  The park trail is semipaved, kind of a gravelly deal,
but my regular route is sidewalk.  Since I'm on this new surface, I
haven't had any sort of problems with blisters, iliotibial bands, or
anything.  (I'm still using running shoes, running socks, and relaxing
though.)  The scenery is nice too (ducks, trees, water, etc.).  The
stupid thing is, I drive there, run, and drive back.

Sometimes (on my regular route) I get smaller blisters, and I just
tolerate them.  Sometimes I get a big callus (callous?) on the blister
area(s).

Kevin

--

http://members.tripod.com/~super_kevin/

 
 
 

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Post by Rache » Thu, 25 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year.  It's been sorta
> off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
> regularity.  Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
> seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot.  Is this a shoe
> problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin?  Also, any suggestions
> regarding leg chafing?  It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
> courir...

> TIA!  Steve

Yup, I've done that before.  And it's hard to explain to people that
you're walking funny because you got a blister on the bottom of your
foot.  When it first happened, I took it as a sign that my shoes were
too old (OK, they probably were), but the new shoes (different brand)
did the same thing.  I took to wrapping my arches with athletic tape for
a while, which stopped the process, but used up a lot of tape.  Then I
bought another pair of shoes, another brand, and I haven't had a problem
<knocking on wood> since.  

Short answer: try changing shoes.

--Rachel

--
R. R. Bishop
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University

Proud fan of the Chicago Fire, 1998 US and MLS Cup Champions!


 
 
 

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Post by Melissa Krau » Thu, 01 Apr 1999 04:00:00

I've had similar experiences with blisters on my arches with several
different brands of shoes.  The problem got especially bad after I
replaced the insoles in the pair of shoes that weren't giving me
problems with more cushioned insoles with more arch support. Bad plan.
Putting thinner insoles in helped.  I am a moderate overpronator, and
the only shoes that haven't given me blisters on my arches are motion
control shoes, which you might want to consider if you overpronate.
Otherwise, athletic tape (or duct tape if you're really hard
core/psycho) is fairly effective.
Good luck.
Melissa
Quote:


> > I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year.  It's been sorta
> > off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
> > regularity.  Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
> > seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot.  Is this a shoe
> > problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin?  Also, any suggestions
> > regarding leg chafing?  It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
> > courir...

> > TIA!  Steve

> Yup, I've done that before.  And it's hard to explain to people that
> you're walking funny because you got a blister on the bottom of your
> foot.  When it first happened, I took it as a sign that my shoes were
> too old (OK, they probably were), but the new shoes (different brand)
> did the same thing.  I took to wrapping my arches with athletic tape for
> a while, which stopped the process, but used up a lot of tape.  Then I
> bought another pair of shoes, another brand, and I haven't had a problem
> <knocking on wood> since.

> Short answer: try changing shoes.

> --Rachel

> --
> R. R. Bishop
> Department of Materials Science and Engineering
> Northwestern University

> Proud fan of the Chicago Fire, 1998 US and MLS Cup Champions!