After Roger Federer’s impressive 20th Grand Slam title I wanted to recap how a blister may have changed the outcome of the entire tournament.
On Friday night Hyeon Chung, arguably Federer’s toughest looking opponent threw in the towel midway into the second set unable to continue due to a blister!!
I must admit even I was thinking, “a blister, really” but later after seeing Hyeon’s Instagram post, I realised this was a serious looking injury.
So, it made me think, if this could happen to a professional athlete, then how many amateur and social sports persons are missing big opportunities due to small issues.
myPod’s Top 5 Ways to Reduce a Blister Costing You the Match.
- Understanding your feet is easier than you may think. Identifying high pressure areas is key to knowing where areas of skin may get irritated. Simply removing your liner within your sneaker or training shoe and visually inspecting the imprint of your foot will show where you put the majority of your weight.
- Calluses, corns or thickened skin is also an easy way to determine if you are placing a lot of pressure to a specific part of your foot. These conditions may also increase blister occurrence so it is worth seeking Podiatry treatment to have any of the above 3 removed.
- Socks play a very important role in blister prevention and are commonly overlooked. Thick towel socks or older worn socks will bundle and crease under your foot. This creates increased friction to the skin and may lead to blistering. Try an athlete specific sock, such as Steigen, that guarantees no blisters, these are available at all myPod Podiatry clinics.
- Footwear fit is crucial for letting your feet naturally move to places they need throughout your activity. Simply choosing 1 size to big or small can lead to a change in game winning performance!
- Footwear type is also a key focus in reducing blisters. Technology in different liners, soles or outers are there to match the specific type of activity. For example, court shoes like netball, basketball, and tennis shoes are made for quick changes in direction and certain playing surfaces. The sole and the upper of the shoe will flex and twist to accommodate your foot doing the same. Comparing that to a traditional running shoe where the last (base of the shoe) is made for straight line movement, it is clear to see that shearing forces on the skin from your foot moving and compressing in the shoe can significantly increase skin irritation.
Book an appointment with a myPod Podiatry Podiatrist and let us help you with your problem areas, a sneak peak at our awesome range of Steigen socks won’t hurt either!