How can the “peas” that trouble many runners be made? What is “mame” that is different from octopus and warts?
“Blisters are a type of burn that occur as a result of excessive friction between the inside of running shoes and the soles of the feet or toes. If you run barefoot with spikes, the skin on the soles of your feet will peel off.
It’s just a blister from frictional heat. Even on long distances and running, there is always friction inside the shoe, which can cause “blisters”. (Mr. Shimotake)
As readers may have experienced, the cause is the same as the blisters that form when a burn occurs.
What causes blisters while running?
The main cause of blisters is running shoes that are too large or too small for your feet, but there are also other causes such as incorrect running form, the environment inside the shoes, and socks. It is said that it may become. Also, when you buy new shoes that you are used to wearing, you may get blisters.
According to Mr. Shimotake, there are five reasons why a typical runner makes blisters.
Let’s take a look at each.
■ The first reason: Choosing shoes
“I think there are various things, such as lightness and resilience, but it has to match the size of your feet. If you don’t have enough, your fingers will be cramped and cause ‘blisters.’ Be careful when choosing your size, and listen to the advice of the staff at the sports shop.” (Mr. Shimotake)
■ Second cause: Socks
“Running socks are characterized by better cushioning and better fit than regular socks. It will get scratched.
Also, one of the causes of friction is that the seams of running socks rub against each other. I think it’s worth trying out different running socks to find the running socks that suit you. (Mr. Shimotake)
You can’t tell just by wearing running socks, so the surest way is to actually wear them and run your usual course to check if there is any discomfort. If you are not used to running yet, it is better to consult with the shop staff as with running shoes.
■ The third cause: running form
In running, you should land on your heels, but landing on your toes, kicking inwards, or kicking outwards can cause strange twists and friction. It’s not good because it can cause your ankles to twist.Be careful how you run.” (Mr. Shimotake)
As a solution to this, in recent years it has become possible to check your running form at sports brand shops, and trainers will check your running form at running events. It is a good idea to use a service that provides a third-party opinion.
■ Fourth cause: Breathability in shoes
Usually, the foot does not move inside the shoe, but the sweat causes the foot to shift and cause friction. It builds up, and it makes your feet swollen and white.
Also, summer simply makes it easier to rub off. The inside of the shoes may be stuffy, but the concrete is also hot, so the heat builds up inside the shoes and weakens the skin. The environment may also cause rubbing. (Mr. Shimotake)
■ Five causes: new shoes
“Even if it’s the same shoes you used before, it takes time to get used to the new shoes. New shoes are stiff, so you need to step on them to make them softer. After you get used to it little by little, let’s change your partner to a new one.” (Mr. Shimotake)
Preventive measures to prevent blisters
Once we know the cause of the blister formation, we can pay attention to those factors.
In order to keep your feet from moving, fitting with shoe laces is also important. One way to prevent “blisters” is to put your heel on the ground and tie the shoelaces firmly while the heel is in close contact with the shoe.
Another thing that Mr. Shimotake taught me is “appreciation and discovery.”
“After running, I would like you to wash your feet properly with body soap, etc. while checking with a feeling of ‘thank you’. I will take care of it while looking at the back properly.
If you rub all the areas between your fingers properly, you will notice that there is rubbing here, so let’s find it in care after finishing the run. In other words, it is “gratitude and discovery”. I tell the players, ‘Please touch everything’. I also take care of my muscles by consciously touching them with my hands. (Mr. Shimotake)
What to do if you have blisters
Top players are the same, but for ordinary people, beans are the enemy. If you leave the “mame” as it is, the skin will come off. You may not be able to run, which you have worked so hard for every day.
“Previously, it was said that pricking the blistered area with a needle and removing all the fluid would heal faster, and that it would be better to let it dry. But now body fluids are said to help heal faster, so it’s better to protect the wound.
Top runners sometimes apply a sheet made of water called a second skin to the affected area and tape it before running. However, general runners don’t need to do that much, just put a scratch power pad on the affected area and take a break from running for 2-3 days. (Mr. Shimotake)
“Beans” that occur due to various factors. If left untreated, the skin will tear, affecting not only running but also everyday walking.
Let’s enrich our running life by taking care of the soles of our feet every day with the feeling of “appreciation and discovery”.