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Post  Nick Morris Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:50 am

So after reading the Friday Thread, I noticed that like me, a lot of people have issues with blistering on their second toe after a race or really long run.  No matter how much I lube it up with body glide or sport shield, they still seem to blister.  Are there any solutions that may resolve the issue or is it just something that I have to live with.  It really doesn't bother me, but I would like to avoid them if at all possible.  Just in case I am in a race and it does affect me.  Thoughts??  Remedies??
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Post  Mark B Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:28 pm

Remedies?

These:

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They're the Injinji brand toesocks I used on my 50-miler. I tried them out after reading reports from ultrarunners who have said these types of socks eliminated blistering, especially between the toes. The other upside is, since all your toes aren't all crammed together in a little bag, they can splay out inside your shoe better and give you better proprioception.

I'd strongly suggest you try them out. You can get them at REI or online. (Sadly, some running stores have phased them out as demand for the VFFs has dropped off. They're great in regular shoes, too.)
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Post  ounce Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:39 pm

Mark,
Which weight of them did you get...lightweight, original, or midweight?


Running Warehouse has them for the same $12, but you can get 15% off, I think, using FB15D (or at least try).  Just black or white, though.
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Post  Nick Morris Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:03 pm

ounce wrote:Mark,
Which weight of them did you get...lightweight, original, or midweight?


Running Warehouse has them for the same $12, but you can get 15% off, I think, using FB15D (or at least try).  Just black or white, though.

I noticed running warehouse has them, too.  They also have the kind that Mark has pictured above.  That one is called the midweight, for $14.
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Post  Mark B Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:17 pm

I bought the lightweight and have had good luck with them. I won a pair of original weights at the ultra, and they don't really seem all that much thicker. Either's probably fine.
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Post  Schuey Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:09 pm

Lucky for me never had a blister problem. I even run the JFK 50 miler in my Brook T7s and not a single issue! So glad about that!
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Post  Nick Morris Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:31 pm

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Post  Nick Morris Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:03 pm

mul21 wrote:

 I got that yesterday too and couldn't figure out if that was 6 socks or 6 pairs of socks.

It says "Six Pairs of Injinji Performance Toe Socks", so my guess is pairs...
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Post  carleenp Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:19 pm

I have had blister issues forever. I have tried all sorts of shoe, sock, lubrication etc solutions.  What works best for me, especially for toe blisters, are the injinji toe socks (I prefer the performance ones, but all have worked for me) and lots of aquaphor, followed by several shakes of Asics chaffe free powder into the sock.  The other thing that worked pretty well for me was putting duct tape over the area before running, but you have to experiment with shapes to cut it in so that it will cover and stay put without getting weird folds in it. Once you get it down, it will last for a full marathon, even when really hot and sweaty. Do not put duct tape over any existing blisters as it will take the skin off of them.
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Post  Nick Morris Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:05 pm

So, I broke down and bought my first pair of toe socks.  I got the Injinji Lightweight No-Show in black (as seen below).  If they don't work out, I am only out a few bucks.  I guess it is worth the try.



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Post  Mark B Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:43 pm

Woo-hoo!

I have a feeling you'll like them. I don't wear mine all the time, but they did give me great protection on my long-long runs.
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Post  Nick Morris Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:52 pm

Mark B wrote:Woo-hoo!

I have a feeling you'll like them. I don't wear mine all the time, but they did give me great protection on my long-long runs.
I hope so...the plan is to use them for long runs.
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Post  ounce Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:58 pm

And Running Warehouse is running a sale on them, too, until the 25th.

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Toe Sock Sale! Buy 4 Injinji socks and get 25% off your Injinji socks purchase. Shop here: http://bit.ly/13v5KkZ
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Post  Ben Z Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:27 pm

Nick Morris wrote:So after reading the Friday Thread, I noticed that like me, a lot of people have issues with blistering on their second toe after a race or really long run.  No matter how much I lube it up with body glide or sport shield, they still seem to blister.  Are there any solutions that may resolve the issue or is it just something that I have to live with.  It really doesn't bother me, but I would like to avoid them if at all possible.  Just in case I am in a race and it does affect me.  Thoughts??  Remedies??
Getting in to ultras now I'm all about foot care.

I think a few things may work you could try:


  1. File down any calluses you have on that spot on your toe. The skin on your feet should be soft and supple. Not callused over despite what many people think.
  2. Have you tried Injinji socks? I swear by them.
  3. Are your shoes big enough? And does the heel of your shoe hold your foot in place? It sounds like your foot is slipping and banging against the top of your shoe.
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Post  Ben Z Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:53 pm

I highly recommend the book: Fixing Your Feet as well. It's a great resource.

On a side note: taping should be the last resort Wink
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Post  Nick Morris Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:40 pm

Ben Z wrote:I highly recommend the book: Fixing Your Feet as well. It's a great resource.

On a side note: taping should be the last resort Wink
Thanks for all of the suggestions.  The Injinji socks are on the way as I type Smile
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Post  Nick Morris Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:36 pm

I got my Injinji toe socks today.  I will run in them tomorrow, but my first thoughts are:

1. They are hard to put on if you have never worn toe socks before...and

B. They feel weird on my feet, as I am wearing toe socks for the first time

I am sure that i will get use to them, the more that I wear them.
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Post  Mark B Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:42 pm

Nick Morris wrote:I got my Injinji toe socks today.  I will run in them tomorrow, but my first thoughts are:

1. They are hard to put on if you have never worn toe socks before...and

B. They feel weird on my feet, as I am wearing toe socks for the first time

I am sure that i will get use to them, the more that I wear them.
1. Yup.

B. Yup.

Let us know if you get the dreaded "toe strangle" sensation wearing them. It happens to me every once in a while, but it passes. Smile
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Post  Ben Z Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:07 pm

I have found that if your feet are even a little wet or schweaty it can be a little cumbersome. So making sure your feet are completely dry and a little cold helps.

I usually start with my big toe then work my way down. Once you find your technique though its pretty quick. Only a few more seconds than a normal sock.
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Post  Nick Morris Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:04 pm

Wore the toe socks on a run for the first time tonight...albeit it was only for a little over 20 minutes.  I must say that at first it feels a little weird, but not much different from conventional socks.  I do think that they allow my foot to open up a little more in the toe box.  I will have to get a longer run in them to really give a good analysis.
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Post  Jerry Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:54 pm

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Post  Mark B Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:23 pm

Nick Morris wrote:I do think that they allow my foot to open up a little more in the toe box.
I think the biggest difference I noticed with the Injinjis - being able to feel every single toe individually. It's kind of a cool sensation.

The most important part for you, of course, is blister prevention. Here's hoping your long run test works well.
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Post  Nick Morris Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:42 pm

Mark B wrote:
Nick Morris wrote:I do think that they allow my foot to open up a little more in the toe box.
I think the biggest difference I noticed with the Injinjis - being able to feel every single toe individually. It's kind of a cool sensation.

The most important part for you, of course, is blister prevention. Here's hoping your long run test works well.
The blisters only tend to happen when I race a marathon.  I am really not affected during training runs.  But if they feel good during a long run, the next step is to wear them in a race, right?
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Post  Mark B Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:47 pm

Nick Morris wrote:
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Nick Morris wrote:I do think that they allow my foot to open up a little more in the toe box.
I think the biggest difference I noticed with the Injinjis - being able to feel every single toe individually. It's kind of a cool sensation.

The most important part for you, of course, is blister prevention. Here's hoping your long run test works well.
The blisters only tend to happen when I race a marathon.  I am really not affected during training runs.  But if they feel good during a long run, the next step is to wear them in a race, right?
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