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Been getting these blisters on the side of my feet. It is worse on my left foot, and I normally feel them heating up around mile 3. Going to try some different socks. Anybody else experience these, and what helped? Thanks
I used to get those back when I was first running in like, uhhh, 1970 and 1971; back in the day I would lather petroleum jelly on the side of my foot before each run and that seemed to help until my foot toughened up enough.
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Seems like we've had this discussion before. As for socks, are they cotton? Do they have a loose fit? Either could cause problems. Check the fit of your shoes, for width particularly. Sizing can be a real pain, varying shoe-to-shoe, and brand and model. Make sure you check the size standing, since the weight on your feet makes them spread a little. You really don't want the shoe too snug. Plus your feet grow slightly during the run. Also as you age your feet grow a little, and what fit last year may not quite fit this year. Over the years I've gone from wearing an 11 to a 12 - 12.5. Look for anything on the inside of the shoe that might rub and irritate, or possibly something that the sock may snag on, even a slightly sticky surface.
Different blister this time lenzlaw. I never use cotton socks. I have been using Balega. I thought the fit of my shoes was fine, but who knows. I actually went to a running store and they video taped my run to determine which shoe is best for me. That cured the blister I had before in my arch, but now these other ones are popping up. I've tried using the BodyGlide, but it doesn't seem to help either.
Which tends to implicate the shoe or maybe the inserts (insole). I have had similar blisters (a little more on the sole) in certain shoes which I never quite figured out - some combination of socks and insole and shoe. But they only showed up around the half-marathon point or beyond. Varying results with different socks and aftermarket insoles (even cheap ones). No problem in other shoes. The problem was, those were my marathon shoes. Another possibility is the opposite of what I implied above about fit. If the shoes are a little too big (length or width) your feet may be sliding around in them, enough to cause a blister. In that case you may be able to adjust the lacing to fix the problem.
OR ... If you got a new shoe with less control, you may be pronating more, pushing that part of your foot against the side of the shoe.
Anyway, a few things to consider.
I agree with Len that you may be overpronating, based on the medial location of blisters on the ball of the foot, and formerly in the arch. Shoes and orthotics alone cannot cure this condition. Some use barefoot strengthening techniques to improve the arch, and others physical therapy or pilates, etc. With luck, you may find a shoe that cradles the arch in a way that delays blistering, but shoes change from time to time, even within the same make & model. Time to address the cause, not the symptom.
Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll see what some different socks do(ordered a pair of Feetures and Wrightsock). If that doesn't work, I guess go with different shoes. Funny thing is while I was in the police academy I never got one blister, and they ran us everyday.
If you weigh more than you did in academy, and are running to lose weight, it could explain why things are different now.
An increase in weight tends to flatten the arch, possibly leading to arch blisters with shoes that may have fit well before.
A flattened arch destabilizes the ankle, and triggers an increase in pronation in order to increase stability. This would focus more pressure on the inside (medial) aspect of the foot, particularly at the ball of the foot (1st metatarsal head), the strongest part of the forefoot.
Weight increase is not the only explanation for a gradual change in running form, but probably the most common. Accumulated injuries and adaptation to pain are others.
I hope the socks work out for decreasing friction, and you can find a shoe that does not interfere too much with your natural biomechanics. It's the same you, but different circumstances. As you have found, doing battle with nature can be fun, but the results are not always pleasant.
If weight increase is the cause, the problem should go away with the weight, and your arch and academy biomechanics may return. You may need to move from "curved last" shoes to straights during this time, and back to curved later when things improve.
In the meantime, study up on arch height, and remember that impact sports like running often triple the force applied to your arch and foot.