Products to Help Prevent and Treat Foot Blisters

Keep your feet blister-free

Taking steps to prevent foot blisters can help make your runs much more comfortable and pain-free. Try some of these products to help prevent and treat blisters from running.

BodyGlide

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BodyGlide is a lubricant that's designed to prevent blisters and/or chafing in vulnerable areas, such as your feet, inner thighs, sports bra lines and underarms. It comes in a stick and is applied like a deodorant, leaving no sticky, oily or powdery mess. I never do a long run or race before applying some BodyGlide on my feet and chafing-prone areas such as sports bra line and inner thighs.

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BlisterShield

BlisterShield
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BlisterShield eliminates or greatly reduces the friction that causes painful blisters and chafing. This silicone-based product is non-greasy and can be applied daily before running. It won't rub off during your runs, but is easily removed with a little soap and water.

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RunGoo

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RunGoo Protective Foot Cream helps prevent blisters and calluses by providing a permeable friction barrier between the skin and sock. The cream contains lanolin and a balance of both soft and hard waxes to create a foot care cream that protects feet from skin damage while running. Sweat passes through RunGoo and is wicked away by your running socks, leaving your feet dry and comfortable.

Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads

Spenco Blister Pad
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Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads are hydrocolloid pads bordered by a thin film to help keep blisters from drying out. They absorb perspiration and help promote a scab free, naturally healed blister.

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Gold Bond Powder

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Wearing the right socks help keep your feet dry, but a little sprinkle of powder can't hurt. Just put a little bit of Gold Bond Powder in your socks before putting them on. Some added bonuses: The powder helps neutralize foot odor and also contains a special cooling ingredient to help keep your feet comfortable.

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Moleskin

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Moleskin can also be used to cover a blister that has already formed. It's a much better option than covering your blisters with Band-Aids, which tend to move around a lot and could lead to more blisters.  

Moleskin comes in sheets, so you can cut the size and shape that you need to cover. Once you stick it on, it stays put. Some runners also put moleskin over "hot spots" on their feet that are prone to blisters, as a preventive measure. If you do this, just make sure the moleskin is applied smoothly (no wrinkles) and not too tight.

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar
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Aquaphor is a great alternative to BodyGlide, and unlike BodyGlide, it's available in most drugstores. I've gotten some travel-size tubes of Aquaphor in race goodie bags, and they're convenient and small enough to carry in your running pack or hydration carrier, so you can reapply on the run.

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WrightSock Double Layer Running Lite Anklet Socks

WrightSock Women's Coolmesh II Lo Four-Pack Running Socks
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WrightSock Double Layer socks are designed to prevent blisters. They feature two totally separate layers that allow movement between the layers. As a result, heat and friction stay between the layers, not between the sock and your foot. The socks' Dri-WRIGHT, multichanneled yarns wick moisture away from the foot, which allows the moisture to spread out, giving it a larger area from which to evaporate. So your feet stay dry and, hopefully, blister-free.

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Adventure Medical Kits Blister Medic

Adventure Medical Kits Blister Medic (24ct)
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Adventure Medical Kits Blister Medic kit contains everything you need to help prevent and treat blisters, including moleskin adhesive, bandages, Spenco Second Skin, double antibiotic ointments, molefoam, antiseptic towelettes and even a small pair of folding scissors. It all comes in a lightweight and convenient kit.

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