Thursday, May 19, 2011

Weird and Wacky Blister Busters

I have a confession to make...

Bare Feet  and Blister Free
When I am at home, I don't like to wear shoes. If I do wear shoes at home, it always feels like I am in a hurry to go somewhere and I don't like to be in a hurry. In winter I prefer to wear my special slipper socks that I got for Mother's Day.

While many people in our little town go out barefoot, I am not quite that brave and I live to look hot by wearing strappy heels or other pretty shoes when I go to dinner, movies or wherever.  The problem is I then get blisters. I hate blisters!

So what will help? I did some research and found helpful tips. Hubby weighed in and told me that when he used to run marathons, he'd soak his feet in tannic acid or strong tea, twice a day in the two or three weeks before a marathon. This toughens the feet and prevents blisters.

Other suggestions included double-layering socks, synthetic  socks, padded socks and other unuseable "tips". Cornstarch and talcum powder should keep the feet dry. In the Army, they use heavy-duty antiperspirant.

I mean - imagine walking around in a sexy LBD and thick padded socks under strappy evening sandals! Unless of course you want to seem to float in the clouds (of baby powder)...
Jane won't have any blisters 

Oh well, as they say, "no pain, no gain". I decided to use the "prevention is better than cure" approach backwards and found some amazing blister-busting remedies. For me blisters don't only occur in shoes, but also when I cook. Unfortunately I love cooking and therefore it is a perpetual problem on my clumsy body.

Here are my tips:

#1:  Honey

Honey is soothing and has natural antibiotic properties. Slap it on the blister. It will become more runny from your body heat and drip off (messy story). When this happens, wipe it off and then apply ice to your blistered body part.  Repeat this until the pain is gone - about 3-4 times should suffice.

#2: Baby Bum Cream
Give back my bum cream!

I kid you not - it works for all kinds of skin ailments. I have a huge tub of baby bum cream (and there has been no baby in the house in almost 10 years).

Most bum creams contain zinc (which is excellent for those pesky spots that appear before an important date), but look for one with tea tree, chammomile and aloe.

I'm going to take this a step further and put the bum cream on before going out tonight and see how that works!


  1. foot fetish blister stick from skindura, this stuff works great for me. I've also seen a blister stick from johnson and johnson. or theres good old mole skin.

  2. Wow- great rememdies! I do ballroom dancing and in the Summer every year I give in to the temptation to dance without nylons and in 1 session I get blister that are so huge and bad I can't dance for weeks! These ideas will really help.

  3. I did a combination of all of the above last night - only got my usual blister which I get all the time (got a feeling I have a skew toe! DREAD!) @Ellen - I don't know how you dance with blisters,I can barely walk!

  4. I am going to have to book mark this post - I get blisters from running sometimes and it is never fun! Great tips Lizette!

  5. We at Shoenique have a NEW product from 2TOMS called SPOERT SHEILD. So far the staff has been very happy with the product. Blisters are usally caused by friction. So my first thought as a professional shoe fitter (pedorthist) is to look at the fit of the shoes. 80% of the women in America are wearing the wrong size shoe. I have seen this over and over again in the past 25 years that I have been doing this. Because of all the countries that shoes are made in, the conversion to US sizing is not exact. So you might be a 7.5 in one shoe and a 8 or even and 8.5 in another. Also, with many sneaker lines you have to go up 1/2 size. Don't know why but that seems to be the way they are sized. Proper fit of a shoe should have the large joint (MP joint) of the foot in the widest part of the shoe. To far forward, it's to short, to far back, to long. You should have a thumbnails width in the front of your shoe. Your toes should never be touching the end of a shoe. To go up 1/2 size is roughly and 1/8th of an inch. Not much at all but make a huge difference in shoe performance and fit.

    The Shoe fitter

  6. Sorry, thats SPORT SHEILD

    Those that may have other fitting issues on shoes or foot questions please ask.
    The Shoe Fitter


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