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<p>I am sure this thread has been here before and I have read info other places but.....</p>
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<p>What are folks thoughts on putting petroleum jelly on your feet prior to the sock, the shoe, the run?  I have been experimenting on shorter runs and it seems to help but before race day, and many hours on my feet, I wonder if any one had some suggestions for how it holds up over the long haul.  I will have no options to change shoes or socks so, does anyone know if the Vaseline lasts all day long?  Are there other gels or jellies that work better?</p>
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<p>I wear no socks and use no lube. Most shoes are made to breath and dry fast. I feel like putting a sock inside the shoe, except under extreme weather conditions, pretty much just holds moisture in and creates more blister inducing friction.</p>
 

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<p>Why do you need the Vaseline or some other lubricant?  What is causing the blisters?  Where are they?  Do they happen on all runs?</p>
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<p>Visit   <a href="http://www.fixingyourfeet.com/" target="_blank">http://www.fixingyourfeet.com/</a></p>
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<p>I can't suggest anything because I don't use any lubricants.  I am in a wet environment (Pacific Northwest) and use SmartWool of some generic equivalent, keep the shoes tied to prevent slipping around, and am just lucky to not have blister problems.</p>
 

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<p>I use Hydropel, which is a lubricant. It is great, and not messy or wet like Vaseline, and one application is all I usually need on a 100 mile race. I also tape a bit and have experimented with shoe and sock combinations. it is quite a science :) If you tell us more about your particular foot issues, maybe we can help.</p>
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<p>The "Fixing Your Feet" book is a must have as well.</p>
 

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<p>I always use wool socks.  The blisters form on my toes.  It is not an issue of lacing or shoe fit because regardless of the shoes I always get blisters in the same spots.  It is the inside of my second toe in from my pinky toe.  It is just the way my feet are.  I have a callous there even when not running long distances.  But when I take on anything over 25 miles, or so, the friction just becomes to much for the callous and it starts to blister then Rrrrriiiiippppp!!  It hurts during a run and I don't want to have to deal with it as it is a major distraction.  </p>
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<p>Thanks for the suggestions of lubes.  I have a 10 hour mountain race (Alyeska Climbathon) coming up on Saturday so I'll give one of them a try.</p>
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<p>I used to get blisters on my feet all the time in the same place after 25 miles. I tried lubricants and Smartwool socks nothing seemed to help. I gave Injinji socks a try and no more blisters!!!! No matter how far I go or how many water crossings, my feet are in good shape when I finish, they're just tired! </p>
 

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<p>Yeah, I love injinjis! I would suggest them and/or taping the problem toes. Blister are caused by friction and moisture and the tape prevents the friction aspect of the equation. There are a lot of tapes out there, I like elasticon and kenesio tapes. You also may want to try an adhesive tincture too like benzoin or something else.</p>
 

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<p>Wow!  I just looked at your Alyeska Climbathon -- looks great, challenging, tiring, challenging, fun, challenging ....</p>
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<p>Best wishes -- we had a 6-hour "as many check-points as you can" run on muddy trails -- have fun with it.</p>
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<p>I'd have to agree with the injinjis.  I perpetually got blisters in between my 2nd & 3rd toes.  When I switched to the injinjis, they disappeared.  They may not work as well for other areas of the foot, but in my opinion, for between the toes, they can't be beat.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>YoBear</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69926/blister-prevention#post_1942619"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I always use wool socks.  The blisters form on my toes.  It is not an issue of lacing or shoe fit because regardless of the shoes I always get blisters in the same spots.  It is the inside of my second toe in from my pinky toe.  It is just the way my feet are.  I have a callous there even when not running long distances.  But when I take on anything over 25 miles, or so, the friction just becomes to much for the callous and it starts to blister then Rrrrriiiiippppp!!  It hurts during a run and I don't want to have to deal with it as it is a major distraction.  </p>
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<p>Thanks for the suggestions of lubes.  I have a 10 hour mountain race (Alyeska Climbathon) coming up on Saturday so I'll give one of them a try.</p>
<p>Thanks.</p>
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Been using wool socks and vaseline for 25 years. The 2 or 3 blisters I have had were because I was too lazy to stop and take out the pebble.</p>
 
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