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6 Tips to Prevent Foot Blisters Caused By Shoes

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Blisters are the bane of existence for athletes, construction workers, emergency workers, military servicemen and women, and let’s face it, anyone who wears shoes. Blisters develop for a variety of reasons but the most common one is because of ill-fitting shoes. Below you’ll find some tips and tricks to help you create a blister-free game plan.

 

What are Blisters? 

A blister is a raised portion of skin that is filled with fluid that is caused when friction occurs between your skin and shoe. They are actually your body reacting to protect itself from the heat by creating its own barrier that protects and cushions the layers below. This allows the tissue to heal without experiencing further damage. However, despite your body’s best intentions, blisters are never fun! 

 

Here at Blusol we’ve noticed that blisters tend to especially develop when athletes have sweaty feet or when they pour water on them to cool them off as turf especially can get very hot! The wetness of the feet increases the amount of rubbing and friction in the shoes which leads to more blisters! You can read here more about our story and experience with that. 

 

How to Prevent Blisters

1. Readjust when you feel a hot spot 

Before a blister even develops your skin develops a hot spot. The skin will turn red and become tender before your body creates the liquid-filled padding that will turn the hot spot into a blister. Readjusting your shoes can help fix this problem. Moving the parts of your shoes that rub your feet can help prevent blisters.

2. Cover Problem Spots 

Another thing you can do to prevent blisters from shoes is to cover these same problem spots. You can use something as simple as a bandage or can you something made specifically for blisters such as moleskin. Covering the hot spots will prevent any future friction and therefore blisters. 

3. Proper Footwear

One of the best tips we can give to prevent foot blisters is to wear proper footwear. If you wear shoes that are old, fill poorly, or are too small you are practically asking for blisters! Choosing footwear that fits well, gives your feet room to breathe, and doesn’t chafe or rub anywhere is one of the important first steps in blister prevention. 

4. Stay Dry 

As we mentioned before, many blisters develop when the feet get sweaty or wet so naturally, a great tip to keep blisters away is to keep your feet dry. When you’re in the middle of a busy workday or an intense sporting event in the heat it can be hard to imagine how to do this but putting antiperspirant or cornstarch on your feet can go a long way to prevent sweating. You may also want to wear special socks that are made to keep the feet dry by wicking away moisture. Synthetic socks are a great choice for this. They tend to be made of acrylic, polypropylene, or CoolMax fabric.  

5. Lubrication 

You can also lubricate your feet to help them slide around instead of rubbing if you’re finding you have trouble keeping your feet dry. You can use a variety of household products including diaper rash ointment, vaseline, or petroleum jelly for this purpose. You can also use products that are specifically made to lubricate the feet to prevent chafing including body glide, run goo, sports slick, or sport shield. They often come in forms similar to roll-on deodorant or an easy-to-use tube and can be found at running stores.

6. Use Blusol Heat Shield Shoe Inserts 

Blusol Heat Shield Shoe Inserts were literally invented to help prevent blisters on the feet. Using technology they decrease the amount of heat the penetrates your shoes from ground surfaces and makes your feet hot and sweaty. This decreases the amount of friction in your shoes and decreases the number of painful blisters you experience. Blusol Heat Shield Shoe Inserts are one of the best things you can add to your blister-free game plan to ensure that you are pain-free no matter if you are at work or at play. 

 

Click here to shop online and buy your own pair of Blusol Heat Shield Inserts to prevent blisters today! 

Blusol inserts near cleats

Technology behind Blusol

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Blusol is an adhesive insert that can be applied to any cleat, shoe, or boot. Using Nasa and military-grade material Blusol gives relief to the feet and body. Blusol reduces the heat of the ground whether that be asphalt, dirt, or turf from transferring into your feet. Blusol protects your feet from injuries such as blisters, turf burns, and general discomfort. There has always been a need for a product like this and it’s finally here!

 

NASA Grade Material

Our Blusol Inserts are made of the same material used for spacesuits while they work in extreme heat and cold in space. We decided to use these materials to ensure the longevity and performance of the Blusol Insert. Although we use only the best materials Blusol inserts are extremely affordable and will last you years. 

Easy Fit

Blusol inserts can be easily trimmed and sized to your liking, fitting your shoe or cleat perfectly for optimal performance. At 3 mm thin, the inserts are easily trimmed and flexible so they do not affect your shoe size. Our custom fits allow our customers to use Blusol for any shoe type.  

Cold protection

Not only does Blusol inserts protect you from the heat, but the cold as well Utilizing a barrier material from outside surfaces combined with the heat from your own foot to regulate the temperature within your shoe or cleat. This will help keep your feet healthier and allow your feet to be comfortable all year round. 

Multiple Uses

Blusols universal and customizable design allows it to have almost unlimited potential in its uses. Blusol Heat Shield Inserts are perfect for sports, construction, and the military. No matter the job Blusol will keep your feet healthier. 

Keep it Up During the Off-Season

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Everyone knows that a break can be nice. But if you want to come back for the season ready to go it is important to take advantage of your offseason. 

Improve Your Technical Skills 

No matter what your sport is it is important to keep training during the offseason. This is the perfect time to work on new skills that you have not had time to master before. Even though you might not be playing all the time, it is important to put those cleats back on and pick up the lacrosse stick, soccer ball, or whatever your sport may be- that way you won’t lose touch of the essential skills. 

Work to be Elite 

When weight training or conditioning, it is important to maintain some level of strength. If you completely stop working out you will be at a much greater risk of injury when the season starts. It is okay if you want to go a little lighter, but it is best not to stop altogether. If you are somewhere with intense winters and you cannot usually train outside like you prefer Blusol Inserts have cold protection too so you can train anytime, anywhere. Do not let the colder months stop you from doing what you love, get out there and get stronger. 

Stay Hydrated 

Don’t forget you need to maintain certain physical needs all year long. It is even easier to get dehydrated during the winter months because of the colder weather. Remember to fuel your body with lots of water! 

Don’t Quit the Mental Game 

The best part about the offseason is the extra free time. Use this time to heal your bodies and remind yourself why you love your sport. It is important to improve your skills but remember why you play the game you love. Use this time to set realistic goals for your upcoming season and reward yourself for the goals you have accomplished. Maintain your competitive edge by keeping a positive attitude! 

Keeping Your Feet Healthy

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You have the Blusol insert to keep your feet cool on the hot turf, but what about general health for your soles? 

Clean and Dry

This one is very important, be sure to always scrub your feet, and thoroughly dry them to prevent and unwanted fungus growth! If your shoes get wet, make sure to properly and completely dry them before using the shoes again.

To avoid overheating wear breathable shoes, socks and use a HeatSheid Insert. 

Avoid Sharing Footgear

Wearing shoes other people have worn can cause infections in your feet, this includes rentals. Be cautious of sharing, and never wear other footwear without socks or protection on your feet.

Wear the right socks for the right situation

Different socks can have benefits for different situations. Some have more moisture-wicking properties, and others keep your feet warm in cold environments.  Socks made from synthetic fibers generally wick more moisture than those of cotton or wool.  

Proper Shoes

Wearing the proper shoes will do miles for the overall health of your feet. You always want something with the proper arch support, for general walking. For hiking, you’ll want to protect your ankles. Also as a general rule, flip flops are not a good choice for shoe, as it provides little protection and arch support. Shoes should fit, with just enough room for your toes to move around. 

Be mindful of any problems

Any unusual itch, smell or feeling in your feet could be a sign of a more complicated problem. Always visit a doctor for these issues to keep your feet healthy and ready for the next day!

What Makes BluSol Great

What Makes BluSol Great

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BluSol is a lot more than just an insole. There is a lot of history that goes into it and for those of you that don’t know, this will be a great opportunity to share. What will be shared today is not only what we are today but what humble beginnings we came from. To really understand someone you want to know about their upbringing, their interests, and why they do what they do.

Our History

The founder of BluSol is Rob Becerra. In 2008 while coaching at Stanford University he became the Director of Coaching of the Palo Alto Soccer Club. The club trained and played most of the games on turf fields. When it was hot outside the turf would heat up and he noticed players walking on their tippy-toes, heels, standing on one leg and pouring water on their feet. The water only complicated the issue because now the players’ feet were hot and the water on sweaty feet led to blisters. Years later he had children play soccer and they had the same issue. He wanted to protect his children’s feet. This was the motivation needed to find a solution. Rob began to use different materials with a crockpot to test the temperature. With motivation backed by his family, he developed BluSol into what we can all see today.

What We Are Today

Because of our history, we have always been a family business. Rob is fired up to say that the BluSol Heat Shield Insert works. It helps prevent feet from burning. The results vary based on the outside temperature, the temperature of the surface and the type of footwear you are wearing. However, the BluSol Heat Shield Insert helps prevent your feet from burning. It was originally designed for athletes and cleats, but now it can be used in a huge variety of ways. These insoles can and will help everyone not burn their feet. 

This product and this company will help people, families, and kids. Rob was motivated as a coach and a father to help his kids feel better and play better which later became a company to fill a need. If you have questions please feel free to read more of the story here, https://blusol.com/our-story/ and contact us well. We want to help you control the heat inside your feet.

Cleats in Sports

Cleats in Sports

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For the longest time pioneers have looked for ways to get an edge on the competition. They develop new ways to improve their craft and improve their results. One of the biggest developments in sports are the cleats. Cleats have improved the level of play immensely. The durable little studs on the bottom provide athletes with additional grip and rapid directional change. There are different designs for cleats in sports and even some other activities. In some shoes, the studs are often removable.

In football, cleats are specially designed to help you make cuts to avoid or make tackles easier. It also helps to protect your feet and legs as with regular shoes you would just slip. Shoes and cleats are often more important than just functionality. It becomes a big fashion statement as well. In the NFL, what cleats you wear are monitored and sometimes players get fined for what they advertise. The NFL is now pushing the My Cause My Cleats campaign. What better way to help people become aware then to advertise with your uniform.

In soccer, cleats are the most versatile of all. These cleats often use in other sports because they are lighter and tighter. Soccer cleats have shorter studs on the bottom to help with running and agility. In baseball, cleats have a little better design because they don’t have to worry about injuring others. Baseball cleats will even have the metal studs. A major concern is not only the protection of the athlete wearing the cleats but the athletes around as well.

In little league sports, cleats are not as big of a deal as other equipment. Comfortable shoes are almost always more important because the concern isn’t just a kids performance. When you get to professional sports, it’s a huge deal. Athletes can make it or break it based on fractions of seconds. Track Cleats show this more than any of the rest. 

Cleats provide a competitive advantage. BluSol Insoles can improve these shoes even more. Cleats are often uncomfortable but BluSol helps you achieve peak performance. Find the shoe that works for you and we can help to make it better.