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... like mine is.
I've got three studies that show without a doubt, some people's feet are more prone to blisters than others. See it for yourself.
Research demonstrating the entity of blister prone
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. The middle of the shin was used in this experiment.
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! It was applied to the palm of the hand - palmar (hand) skin and plantar (foot) skin are considered very similar.
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. It found that blister onset ranged from between 4 and 32 minutes. Quite a difference again!
Let's see those “time-to-blister” results again
- Between 27 and 138 rubs
- Between 3 and 50 minutes
- Between 4 and 32 minutes
Within each study, there are different individual responses to the same blister-causing shear force. It's the perfect demonstration of the large individual variation of susceptibility 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. It can force you to give up sports you're good at and activities you enjoy. I know of a basketballer and 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 - 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 my program Fix My Foot Blister 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.