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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Camino Frances topics' started by JillGat, Aug 13, 2017 at 1:50 AM.

  1. JillGat

    JillGat la tierra encantada Donating Member

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    I wore sandals last time I walked the Camino, but plan to also wear shoes this time. My Altra shoes fit great, but - with my orthotics - I intermittently have been getting heel blisters after long miles while training. So I sent an email to John Vonhof, the ultramarathoner guy who wrote "Fixing Your Feet" and also writes an excellent blog about the subject. I told him I've had success preventing blisters using tape, but didn't want the expense, weight and hassle of carrying tape and having to tape up my heels every day. He wrote this back:

    Hi Jill,
    Good luck on the Camino. First, here’s a non-tape suggestion that I think you could gain from. Check out ENGO Blister Prevention Patches. They go in the shoes and not on your feet. You can find them at http://www.goengo.com and on Amazon. Their Heel Blister Prevention Patch could help with your heel blisters. They go in the back of your shoe around the inside, side to side. The large and small ovals can go on the insole and up the heel counter if the blisters are low on your heel. Apply them to dry shoes and they should last a log time. They are thin and easy to carry, and inexpensive.
    John

    (I'm going to buy a variety pack to carry along in case I need them. They sound great!)
     
  2. jo webber

    jo webber Active Member

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    Hope you won't need to report back if they work or not. Have a blister free Camino!!
     
  3. JillGat

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    Thanks! I don't often suffer from blisters, but walking 12-18 miles a day, day after day, sometimes makes them hard to avoid!
     
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    I never got a blister in 9000km and 23 caminos. When training at home if you get blister why?. Good well broken in boot/shoe essential. Remember you are walking a half marathon plus every day with back pack for 30/ 50 days.
     
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    @JillGat I got some Altra - Olympus 2.5, and changed out the stock insoles with SOLE - Active Thin with Met Pad. My Altras have a higher heel tab that helps to create a deeper heel pocket. The SOLE insoles are about the same thickness as the stock insoles, so they do not cause heel slippage. I tried my thick insoles, and they did cause heel slippage.

    You might also consider an alternative lacing strategy. I have been lace locking the last 2 eyelets on the shoes. I have also tried Lock Laces, but they need to be cut longer for me to be able to get my feet in the shoes (open the tongue wide enough). They seemed to be tight enough yet still provide a little give, and maybe a little more comfortable across the last couple of eyelets than the regular laces.

    Are you wearing liner socks? They may help transition the friction from your foot to between the socks.

    Buena Suerte!
     
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    Jill - I use the engo patches and they work well for me. Definitely worth a try. Buen Camino
     
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    Hi Jill ,
    Use good shoes and socks.
    Don't walk with wet socks.
    When you have a break get your shoes off and the insoles out .
    Aspecialy when it's hot.

    This works fine for me , never had a blister.

    Wish you a wonderful and blister free Camino .
    Wish you well,Peter.
     
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    Hi Jill,
    I've tried something different on each Camino. This year's combination was Altra Lone Peak 3.0 trail running shoes with Scholl "Work" gel replacement inserts and elastic laces (similar to the Lock Laces mentioned by linkster above), plus Injinji toe socks (trail) and daily application of aloe vera gel to my feet. Worked pretty well for me.
    Buen Camino.
     
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    Used this before walking it works no blister easy to apply compeed anti blister stick[​IMG]
     

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    I use a pair on the big toe edge, R foot, which I know may cause problems. One applied to shoe and the other to insole (orthotic in my case). Works!
     
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    Sounds like you may have a genetic advantage! Even with well fitting shoes, certain conditions can lead to blisters for most people, after running or walking many miles.
     
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    I love the idea of the Altra Olympus shoes - having more padding than the Lone Peak. However they seem nowhere near as wide as the Lone Peak, unfortunately.

    Yes, I use the lace locking system that helps a lot. My custom orthotics address the metatarsal pain I am prone to, so I'm not giving them up. I wear Wright socks, which are double layer, so don't require a liner sock. I walked 20K today at home and only got a toe blister, where my toes overlap and rub on each other. I taped for that last year. Injinji toe socks work great, too!

    I think the recommendation of removing and drying out socks and shoes during breaks is important, too. If I have any blister problems, I always have my Chaco sandals, which I walked most of the Camino in last year.
     
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    @JillGat I did not try the Lone Peak, but the Olympus fit is small. I had to step up 1.5 sizes to accommodate my normal length and width. My Chacos have good arch support, but they are heavy. Did you wear your orthotics with the Chacos somehow? I am planning on my crocs as a 2nd pair of shoes. I can easily slip my insoles in them after the shower. I cannot imagine walking in them on a trail ... they are just to squishy. I used them once on a trail in Myakka, and almost turned an ankle.
     
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    My friend used the Engo patches, and they worked well for her.
    I've been using Omnifix Elastic tape on the balls of my feet and wrapping two of my toes with it every day. At this point, I don't think I really need it anymore, but keep it up out if superstition. :D
    I just arrived at Finisterre today with zero blisters after walking for six weeks.
    The Omnifix is great stuff. It's soft and flexible, so it easily conforms to your foot. It stays on all day, and comes off without leaving a sticky residue. It doesn't weigh much and is available in most farmacias. I think that it comes in two types - regular, and the stretchy "elastic" one, which is what I used. For those who sew, it's like a non-woven stretch interlining fabric with adhesive.
     
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