As podiatrists, we are constantly presented with cases of tricky to fix, recurrent, painful blisters. Working with athletes, runners and those who love to keep active, we understand how important it is for your feet to function as optimally as possible. Choosing the right shoe, perfecting your running technique and building up your lower leg strength are the usual pieces of advice preached by running bloggers globally. However, all of that can be quickly undone with a pesky tricky to fix blister. Blisters, as trivial as they may seem, have undone even the most meticulous of planners- Rafa Nadal himself struggled to compete at the 2014 Australian Open with a deep blister on the palm of his hand.
Blisters are a consequence of excess moisture combined with friction. Therefore the aim of blister management is to minimise the moisture burden. Thankfully, there is an easy solution- a quality technical sock! A technical sock is a specifically engineered product designed to work with the foot to reduce moisture and limit friction related injuries. Technical socks are constructed with a fibre which draws moisture away from the skin= no more blisters. Additionally technical socks are fitted with an arch band which minimises movement of the sock in the shoe and any excess friction that may usually develop with a loose sock.
Picking a technical sock can be a difficult process as they are often available in a range of colours, lengths and thicknesses and are a greater investment than your usual cotton sock. At Pro Feet Podiatry our top 3 technical socks to minimise friction related injuries are the Lightfeet lightweight range, the Thorlos Experia Range and the Steigen Originals. Each technical sock is slightly different from the other so it is important to identify the features most important for your feet. Technical socks can be purchased at The Athlete’s Foot, The Running Company and Rebel Sport as well as other specialty running stores.
If you have any queries about technical socks, sweaty feet, blisters or any other foot troubles, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1300 937 573 or send us an email ([email protected]). We are here to help!