It was 2008 and it took 8 minutes…
Eight minutes to get blisters on my heels – again!
This was not the first time. My heels seemed to be in a perpetual state of blister recovery, in spite of my best efforts to prevent them.
So, out of sheer frustration, I committed myself to finding out why my own foot blisters were so persistant. In fact, I spent a couple of years (yes, years) of experimenting and reading the scientific research on foot blisters. At the same time, documented it all in The Advanced Guide To Blister Prevention so I could get to the bottom of my blister problem.
Since then, I’ve been helping my patients and the broader active community manage their blisters better through:
- This, the Blister Prevention website
- My course called Fix My Foot Blisters Fast
- My YouTube channel
- The Blister Prone Athlete’s Guide To Preventing Foot Blisters book
- And by volunteering at multiday ultramarathon and hiking events – including:
All of my “blister work” comes under the BlisterPod banner which is the name of my company (PTY LTD and LLC) and product trademark.
About Blister Prevention’s Podiatrist
Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod) graduated from Curtin University in 1993. She is AHPRA registered and a member of The Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Australia.
With a thorough understanding of the blister research, a podiatry background with 27 years clinical experience and blister prone feet myself, I have a unique perspective on blister management. But I’m a far cry from an academic. What I do possess however is the ability to bridge the gap between academia and the everyday person.
Not Your Average Website
Blister Prevention is not your average health-related website. For instance, you won’t find unhelpful generic information or advice here – the type that seems to dominate the internet these days. No way. Nothing here has been regurgitated by cheap Indian content writing factories. Instead:
- You’ll find detailed commentaries about the science behind blister formation, prevention strategies and wound healing physiology.
- You’ll find balanced accounts and thorough discussions that weigh up the pros and cons of all the different blister management interventions.
- And you’ll find articles that are factual and impartial as I can make them, whilst actually having an opinion. An opinion based on:
- A 12 year focus on all things friction blisters of the feet
- My own blister susceptibility and history
- My 27-year occupation as a podiatrist
- And my voluntary blister care work at multiday ultramarathons.
The overarching function of this site to be as helpful as possible. Not token help, I mean real-world helpful advice and truly useful insights. It aims to educate you and help you find the best way forward for your circumstances. In fact, you’ll find yourself approaching your blisters from a different angle. I like to call it an inside-out approach.
Taking An Inside-Out Approach
I like to take an inside-out approach to foot blisters. This includes the unavoidable movement of bones under the skin. Bone movement is inextricably a part of blister development. An inside-out approach involves an understanding of foot structure and function. That’s because structure and function have direct relevance to blisters at each anatomical location. Neglect this and you’ll never understand blister prevention.
An inside-out approach acknowledges the anatomy and physiology of the skin. Specifically how repetitive shear forces cause a mechanical fatigue within the epidermis.
An inside-out approach includes the recognition of friction as a force. A “force that resists the movement of one surface over another”, not simply rubbing. It recognises how pressure combines with friction levels to keep skin, sock and shoe surfaces in stationary contact. In the meantime, the adjacent bones are moving back and forth to create shear distortions in all the soft tissue layers between skin and bone.
I guess you could say I’m a thought-leader on this subject. I’ve raised debate and influenced the narrative around blister management in recent years. You might have noticed a shift occurring in the “what causes blisters” conversation. It’s less about heat, moisture and friction and more about shear distortions (ie: the skin stretching). This distinction might seem minor, but it matters for blister outcomes! Examples of this include:
- Fixing Your Feet, John Vonhof – Reduce friction to reduce shear
- Lower Extremity Review & Podiatry Arena forum – Blisters and taping
- Current Sports Medicine Reports – Foot blister prevention with moleskin
- One of my most popular YouTube videos – Mistakes using Compeed and other hydrocolloid dressings
Other than that, I’m a self-employed full time private podiatrist at Esperance Podiatry. I’ve lived in Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia since 2000 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. If you’ve ever been here, you’ll know why!
Here’s a photo of me, my partner Sandy and our dog Mazey at our favourite beach.