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Blister Prone – Is There Such A Thing?

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Blister Prone – Is There Such A Thing?

It’s official, blister prone is a real thing!

If your feet blister when others don’t, it might not be that you’ve got the wrong shoes or you’re doing anything wrong. It might just be that your skin is less resistant to blister-causing forces. Just like mine is.

I’ve got three studies that show without a doubt, some people’s feet are more prone to blisters than others. Let’s have a look.

Blister prone research

Blister study 1: 1955

An early experimental blister study on 19 volunteer British medical students and doctors, showed blistering occurred between 27 and 138 rubs. However, in this experiment, the skin on the middle of the shin was tested.

Blister study 2: 1966

Another experimental blister study 11 years later was conducted on 54 American army personnel. Some soldiers blistered in 3 minutes and others still hadn’t blistered even after 50 minutes. The exact same frictional force was used on all subjects! This time, it was applied to the palm of the hand. This is closer to a foot blister scenario because palmar (hand) skin and plantar (foot) skin are very similar. 

Are your feet blister prone
Foot blisters in the military are a big deal

Blister study 3: 2013

This next one is a lot more recent (non-military). It was performed at the University of Salford in England on 30 volunteers. The frictional force was applied to the back of the heel. So this one is directly relevant. Similarly, it confirmed the large range, with blister onset ranging from between 4 and 32 minutes. Quite a difference again!

Let’s see those “time-to-blister” results again

Between:

  • 27 and 138 rubs
  • 3 and 50 minutes
  • 4 and 32 minutes

Within each study, there are different individual responses to the same blister-causing shear force. Therefore, it’ confirms the large individual variation of susceptibility to blisters.

Are your feet prone to blisters

are your feet prone to blisters

Does this sound familiar to you? It does to me. My feet blister very easily!

Being blister prone can shape your lifestyle! It can force you to live a less active lifestyle than you might have otherwise led. Similarly, it can force you to give up sports you’re good at and activities you enjoy. I know of two different people, one a basketballer and the other a triathlete who both gave away their sport prematurely, with persistent foot blisters figuring in their decision. Plus an underground miner who found it necessary to change his occupation because of ongoing foot blisters.

If you’re blister prone and you can’t find a way to get your blister problem under control, there comes a time when you’re just not prepared to put up with the pain any longer. And it’s not just the pain, it’s everything else that goes with it – because it’s time consuming, messy and an all-round inconvenience!

The good news – blisters are 100% preventable

Foot blisters are common, but they’re not inevitable. And things have come a long way in recent years. We’re better than ever at understanding what causes blisters and how to prevent them.

If you’re blister prone and feel like you’ve tried everything, I’m sure I can help. In fact, I’m certain of it.

Either search this site for the answers you need, or join Fix My Foot Blisters Fast and I’ll walk you through everything you need to know. Click that link, read the reviews, look at all the things I’ll teach you, and how much it costs. Then think about how much it would be worth to you to not get blisters any more.

Rebecca Rushton

Podiatrist, blister prone ex-hockey player, foot blister thought-leader, author and educator. Can’t cook. Loves test cricket.

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  • Val McAlister
    8 May 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, my 18 year old daughter is prone to blisters on her feet and hands. She plays ice hockey and always gets big insole blisters. Also, she has tried many different types of shoes but gets blisters in a matter of minutes, from almost all of them. Blisters between her toes, on the top of her feet, heels, etc. She also gets blisters anytime she lifts weights, does weightlifting bar work, etc with her hands. We cannot figure out how to help her. Thank you!

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    I also get blisters insanely quickly, often after only a minute or less walking. Primarily on my heel, but when I am wearing shoes with slippery soles also on the bottom of my feet. Because it’s mainly on my heel things like ankle boots help a lot, as they don’t have the corner of shoe-heel friction (by the way, my shoes are often too big too as my size is often unavailable, so my foot often falls out of an open shoe constantly causing more friction and movement). I have found shoes with very soft, smooth, buttery leather (hard leather you have to wear in is the worst!) or shoes with a lot of cushiony padding on the heel help a lot. But those aren’t always possible, or findable…

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