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  • Specific blister problems - outside of heels

    I've been plagued by blisters in very specific areas for literally thousands of miles. I get them not on the back of my heel, the classic "rubbing on the too-loose boot when you lift your foot", but on the SIDE of my heel. If you look at the side of the foot, and draw a line from the tip of the heel towards that sticky-outy bone on the ankle, I get terrible, deep, multi-layer blisters starting at the heel and going about halfway towards the bone. The worst part is towards and _almost_ wrapping around to the bottom of the foot.

    It's happened in different boots.

    I generally wear Superfeet green insoles.

    Could it be the heel cup of the insole? It doesn't really go that high though. Maybe I'm rolling my foot weirdly (is that pronation?)

    Has anyone experienced this?
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  • #2
    Inside or outside of foot?

    I pronate. I used to wear orthotics ages ago for that issue but haven't ever worn them hiking and have never experienced blisters like you are describing from pronation. Not ruling it out but for me the pronation got my ankle, knee, and hip out of alignment and caused various aches and pains, not blisters.

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      Sorry should have said - outside.

      I have general soreness in the arch, I think from having old superfeet, but these blisters have been with me for years. I only get them when doing long distances, for instances, weekend or overnights in the ADK, maybe 10-20 miles I'm fine. These came back after an 80 mile 3 day walk.
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      • #4
        I have been getting that kind of blister when I hike 2 or more days consecutively. I've been thinking it is the boots I'm wearing that I like for other reasons; so, I keep wearing them. I have three brands of boots so I might switch daily if I think I'll need to. For mileage that would mean something more than 20 consecutive miles hiking I could be getting the blister.

        The boots I am suspicious of may fit more snug and have less padding in the area I get the blister. Or, so it seems when I compare to the other boots.

        Don

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        • #5
          Your feet will swell more on multi day hikes, which explains why it is only happening on your longer trips. I use different hiking shoes for day hikes than for multi day backpack trips. I also pre-tape any blister prone area of my feet before I start my hike. I use Leuko tape, which doesn't come off when wet. Hope you find a solution!
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          • All Downhill From Here
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            Good point, this started most of the way into a 26 mile day, first of several 20+ days in a row.

        • #6
          I get one of those on my right foot with my Scarpa boots. No other shoe. I use a moleskin and a thinner sock to prevent it.
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          • All Downhill From Here
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            Do you use insoles (superfeet, etc)? One thing I've been thinking about is that while they raise the arch, they also raise the heel, which might be putting my foot in a non-standard place in the boot. Then as the foot angles forward, its rubbing on a place where the boot is molded around the foot.

          • autochromatica
            autochromatica commented
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            I use only the standard insole. You're probably right about the foot hitting in a bad place, which is really dependent on what last the shoemaker uses. There have to be compromises unless you're getting a last built from your own feet.

          • autochromatica
            autochromatica commented
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            I'll also note that my right foot is slightly bigger than my left. Hence no problem with the left foot.
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