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05-23-2005, 05:09 PM
Join Date: Dec 2003
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I've had these skates since October, and ever since I've had them, they've caused nasty blisters on both of my heels. The skates are great - worn and fit perfect (which can be a chore for girls), but the achelles protector jutts out at the back, causing lovely blisters on the back, inside of each heel when I skate for more than about 1.5 hours.
I've tried liquid bandages. I've tried just regular bandaids. I've tried liquid bandages + regular bandaids. I've tried all of those with and without socks. The bandaids just get moved as I skate by the small amount of friction my feet create in the skates. I've tried two pair but that was just uncomfortable. And I've tried letting them rest long enough to grow calluses, but the calluses rub off too (which if you've never had it happen, feels especially lovely).
I have had the EXACT same problem and am now an expert on this. There are two solutions
a) Buy a stick of solid mens antiperspirant and a few pairs of polypropylene liner socks (should feel silky and are available at stores like running free and Coast Mountain sports). Apply the anti perspirant so the bottom and the inside of your foot, all around the blister area. Wear the socks. No sweat + slippery thin running socks = no friction.
b) If plan a doesn't work. Buy industrial strength duct tape (must appear to be kind of stringy). Apply one horizontal strip to the affected area. Apply another overlapping vertical strip. Then follow the steps in part a (apply antiperspirant to areas not covered by tape after tape is on).
Plan a is quick and painless. Plan b works for brutal cases where you basically get instant blisters. It kind of sucks as your feet will have duct tape residue on them all the time but it will let you skate pain free if plan a doesn't work. Are your skates Nike by any chance?
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