How common are foot blisters?

How common foot blisters appear is directly related to how conditioned your feet are to friction as well as several other factors.

Foot blisters are often caused by excessive friction, heat, dirt, and moisture on your feet. When hiking, running, or walking, increasing exposure to any of these will increase the likelyhood of developing blisters on your feet. This includes:
  • Increasing the pace or duration of your activity.
  • Hiking, running, or walking in new shoes or shoes that do not fit your feet or movement well (ie: running in shoes without proper arch support.)
  • Walking in environments where dirt, sand, or moisture can get into your shoes.
  • Walking barefoot on hot or gritty surfaces for extended periods (I have very conditioned feet, but still had horrible blisters after running barefoot on gravel for a martial arts class.)
The best way to prevent blisters is to make sure you have shoes that properly fit your feet and movement (ie: do not wear basketball shoes for running a 5k), and keeping your feet dry, cool, and free of dirt and grit. 

If you are running for long periods of time or in climates with lots of moisture, dirt, etc, take breaks to let your feet cool, and to check for unwanted dirt or moisture in your shoes and socks.

Happy Running!

Continue Learning about Blisters



A blister is a patch of raised skin that contains watery liquid. Blisters may form when your skin rubs against something repeatedly. For instance, if your shoes are tight, stiff, or too small, the skin on your feet can develop bli...

sters as it rubs against the inner part of the shoes when you walk. Don't pop a skin blister. Instead, cover it with a bandage and let the skin heal naturally.

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