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Who is the panty-liner-in-the-boot-genius?

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MaidinBham

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
I used this method twice so far. Today with temps in hi 60's, liner socks, wool socks, (nothing else on feet such as anti-friction creams, tape etc) Panty liners tape side down and stuck on to insole insert. Very low profile, comfortable, and really noticed a difference in sweat accumulation and comfort. My feet felt cool inside my boot. Walked 7.8 miles. My feet and boots were hot, when I removed them but no moisture on skin, no hot spots etc. I think I will use liners on Camino. Thank you genius pilgrim's! :)
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
I think I might know who the genius is, but I'll wait to see if anyone else offers a suggestion. :D
 

george.g

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
Mozarabe/Almeria 17
Hi. First saw this in 2010 at Cizur Menor, Senora Roncal held a afternoon blister clinic, dressing blisters, sorting out boot problems, showing pilgrims how to lace boots etc and dishing out panty liners as a short term suppliment to insoles.
Regards
George
 
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jbear

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC march-may 2015
Wow, who would of thunk it. They are good for cleaning glass, too.
 
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Anemone del Camino

Guest
Learned about it on the Norte from two Frenchmen: one with the most terrible blisters ever (he also pulled the skin off), the second one who tended to the first one. Thought it was brilliant.
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
It was @Stephen Nicholls. Here is his post on the subject, back in 2012:

I am just back from the Camino Ingles. I had NO blisters!!
There has been much talk on the forum about BLISTERS - the bane in the life of so many pilgrims. This was my 4th camino. On the previous three I needed hospital treatment for severe blistering, which took much of the pleasure from the trek. I have tried all the usual remedies - vaseline, powder, walking socks, massage, etc etc all to no avail.
This year I decided to use panty liners. If you fellows don't know about panty liners, just ask the lady in your life.
I would place the liner on the floor, sticky side UP, then carefully place my foot down onto it, so that it was at the same angle as my toes - and gave me protection along the ball of the big toe, and across the whole sole of my foot just below the toes. Just position it where you usually get blisters.
On occasion I had to buy the extra long liners from chemists in Spain: the same principle applied, and the ends of the liner were simply folded across the top of my foot. I then put on my normal walking socks.
I am not suggesting for one moment that this will cure everyone's problems. Only that they cured mine. So it might be worth a try.
I also limited my walking distances to no more than around 22-24 kms a day - ideally down to 15 kms approx.
If that helps just one of you to avoid blisters, my time has been well spent.
Buen camino! [Without blisters :)]
I have suggested this on and off the Camino ever since - although I use it sticky side down.
 

IDBluebird77

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning: Camino Frances (Fall 2017)
I saw this on a Peregrinos youtube documentary (it is a great video, btw). I filed this tip away in case I find I need it.
 

GreatDane

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF to Burgos Sept/Oct 2014, Burgos to Astorga April 2016, Astorga to SdC 2017
Hi. First saw this in 2010 at Cizur Menor, Senora Roncal held a afternoon blister clinic, dressing blisters, sorting out boot problems, showing pilgrims how to lace boots etc and dishing out panty liners as a short term suppliment to insoles.
Regards
George
by 2014 she must have run out of panty liners. Never saw her pass them out. She did though allow guests to feed cat food to the turtles.
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
In spite of usng them last month on the Sureste, I had really bad blisters after only two days ....
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That was after walking only 25 kms!!!:( With good shoes, walking socks and panty liners! OK - I admit I have 'princess' feet.
They needed bandaging in the local hospital ... where I was told not to walk for at least four days .... then I heard the weather forecast for the hills I was planning on walking over - 30 cms of snow.
At that point I thought to myself ... is it worth it? I'm doing this for FUN for heaven's sake!
So I hired a car for twelve days, drove 300 kms north-east to the Costa Azahar, where I lived for eight years, and had a great time with old friends, walking gently in the hills, and having company for many menus-del-dia.
And the sun ... and the blue sky ...
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Not sure at this stage if I'll tackle another camino .... maybe I'm getting a bit old for all these caminos. [But I'll probably start planning number 7 in a few weeks time :D]
 

MaidinBham

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
It was @Stephen Nicholls. Here is his post on the subject, back in 2012:



I have suggested this on and off the Camino ever since - although I use it sticky side down.
Thanks for that Kanga,
I placed mine on sticky down on insole, not next to skin. You wear yours inside the sock?

Janice
 

MaidinBham

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Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
In spite of usng them last month on the Sureste, I had really bad blisters after only two days ....

That was after walking only 25 kms!!!:( With good shoes, walking socks and panty liners! OK - I admit I have 'princess' feet.

Not sure at this stage if I'll tackle another camino .... maybe I'm getting a bit old for all these caminos. [But I'll probably start planning number 7 in a few weeks time :D]
Ouch! That looks painful. So sad, I dont know what I would do if I could not walk the Camino!
I know you are a veteran walker, and I defer to your expertise, and am sure you have tried many things, and read much on blister issues. Have you tried Tincture of Benzoin Compound?
I used on my first Camino and during training walks prior to start. It helped to condition skin, has antiseptic properties, used under tape to help it adhere longer. And I like the smell! As a novice nurse back in the 70's we sprayed this stuff on everthing! It did stain my white croc's though, and I felt self-conscious that folks would see my "dirty" crocs dangling from the back of my pack. It helped to toughen up my skin at ball of foot, where there a trouble spot on my training walks.
I didn't have any serious blister issues on CF except for one very small blister between 1st and 2nd toe, I carried it almost entire CF and it made me cry it was so painful! Took 3 months to heal.
But.............enough of my feet already! And do look into Benzoin - invented in 1790 contains resin from balsam tree's, aloe. Older remedies are sometimes best and under-utilized I think. Kinda like Absorbine Jr. which is wonderful on my feet, yet fast disappearing from pharmacy shelf's.
Buen Camino

Janice
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
@Stephen Nicholls have you ever tried walking in sandals? More air circulation. I also used Engo patches on my sandals - no idea if that worked but I certainly had no blisters.
I always take sandals to wear evenings, and when I can't get my bandaged feet in my walking shoes. Might be worth a try, Kanga! Also, thanks to Janice for her comment about Benzoin. Give me a couple of weeks and I'll probably start planning the Primitivo agan .... ;)
 

MaidinBham

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
Hi. First saw this in 2010 at Cizur Menor, Senora Roncal held a afternoon blister clinic, dressing blisters, sorting out boot problems, showing pilgrims how to lace boots etc and dishing out panty liners as a short term suppliment to insoles.
Regards
George
I stayed there - great place! And yes Senora makes a lot of pilgrims happy!
I learned how to "tweak" my boots and configure shoe laces all the different ways on the trail. So important and worth looking into BEFORE your Camino

Buen Camino,

Janice
 

MaidinBham

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
On my walk yesterday, I got to thinking why can't someone invent a boot that would harness the kinetic energy, and then used for micro a/c unit in my shoe, or at least, a little motor that would pump out hot air from inside boot?

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/30/tech/innovation/tomorrow-transformed-energy-harvesting/ :)

I am thinking about cutting vent holes into my Gortex boots and wondering if anyone else has done this.

Buen Camino,

Janice
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
It was @Stephen Nicholls. Here is his post on the subject, back in 2012:



I have suggested this on and off the Camino ever since - although I use it sticky side down.
Ha ha I was the blame.
It was @Stephen Nicholls. Here is his post on the subject, back in 2012:



I have suggested this on and off the Camino ever since - although I use it sticky side down.
ha ha I was the blame. It did not happen in 2012 but in 2014.
Stephan asked on this forum what to do with blisters. We live in the Netherlands and lots of people think we still walk on wooden shoes, cloggers, that's why the Dutch are called cloggies.
Indeed in the early days people here in Holland walked on cloggers but that was before my generation and sometimes untill now farmers wear them and you tourists who visit Amsterdam and Volendam for a nice picture in the national ancient folkloric cloths . This wooden cloggers are very hard and to me very uncomfortable and so existed a joke..put panty liners in !
And here started the joke for Stephan . My wife and I had very good experiences with panty socks as the first layer and then the walkingsocks as a second layer during our caminho Portugues in 2013 without any blisters .Stephan asked what to do about blisters and I advised him-you should be able to find the answer here on the forum somewhere in 2014 - to use "pantyliners" thinking that that was the name for the pantysocks:confused::p. My poor knowledge of english:D I thought in a personal conversation after that post Stephan asked me how to position the pantyliners in his shoes because he kept getting blisters during training walks . We started to laugh after finding out the word pantyliners meant in a dictionary and wrote him that he should buy panty socks:p:p
And I wrote him that I owed him a beer. Coincidentally we walked the camino Ingles in May 2014 and Stephan too, only two weeks later so we found each other in grand cafe Casino in Santiago ,I bought him a beer and we had a good time together. His brother was with him -who passed away in the mean time about a year and a half ago- and my wife. The picture taken from us is published somewhere on this forum as well.
Later in 2014 when we visited relatives in London, we visited Stephan at his home and are good friends since then due to these "pantyliners."Stephan will confirm this story. And now I am really flabbergasted that really people use pantyliners in their shoes to avoid blisters. I could not believe my eyes when I read this post.
With your permission I will take a beer now :)
Bom caminho
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
image.jpeg it walks and dances better with partyliners in the cloggers :p
 

Debi

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2017
I saw this on a Peregrinos youtube documentary (it is a great video, btw). I filed this tip away in case I find I need it.
Hello, Can you list which video you are referencing? I tried to look it up on Utube but there were so many that came up. Thank you.
 

IDBluebird77

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning: Camino Frances (Fall 2017)
Hello, Can you list which video you are referencing? I tried to look it up on Utube but there were so many that came up. Thank you.
Certainly! This poor guy battled blisters and only briefly mentioned it, and he eventually bought new shoes, which seemed to solve his problem. His video is very good I think. I have watched it a few times:
 

Larazet

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances "2013" had to stop half way due to tendonitis ... Continuing May 2014..postponed to 2015. SdC to Muxia 2016.
Definitely
It was @Stephen Nicholls. Here is his post on the subject, back in 2012:



I have suggested this on and off the Camino ever since - although I use it sticky side down.
Sticky side down unless you want to pad around on them in the albergue....
 

Debi

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2017
Certainly! This poor guy battled blisters and only briefly mentioned it, and he eventually bought new shoes, which seemed to solve his problem. His video is very good I think. I have watched it a few times:
Great thanks!
 

MaidinBham

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
@Albertinho I love your stories! I hope we meet one day on the way, and I shall buy you a beer, or, will drink a pint to your health on my CP

Bom Caminho,
Janice
 

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