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Old 04-07-09, 09:15 AM   #1
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running/blisters on insole.

I am a slight pronator- I found this out after having a gait analysis done last weekend.

I've been wearing nike air pegasus with no support for pronators for about a year, and have had no issues. Previously, I was wearing an asic with light support- and problems with my knees, and blistering on the insole. No amount of breaking in the shoe/foot stopped the blistering on that sensitive skin.

On Saturday, I bought another pair of shoes with light support, believing the problem was the fit of the asics. After a few minutes on the treadmill in the store, they felt pretty good. After 3.5 miles at the gym, I was blistering on the insole again.

Any ideas? I'll be going back to the store for an exchange, likely today. I guess I'm wondering if its a hazard to do so much running in a shoe without support when I'm 'supposed' to have it- or if it fits, wear it?

If anyone can recommend a good running forum that may have more info, that would be great, too!
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Old 04-07-09, 09:26 AM   #2
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I would go back to the Nikes, especially if you had no prior problems. It sounds like whoever did the gait analysis oversold you on corrective shoes.

Most people pronate some. The majority of runners initially have heel strike on the outside of their foot. Then you rool forward from the heels to the ball. Finally you roll across the ball to the inside of your foot (pronate). That's the way your body absorbs the impact and gets you on your toes to psh off for the next step.

The fact that your new shoes causes blisters means the heel counter and other features is limiting your natural pronation - the shoe is holding your foot in a neutarl position while your foot continues to move inside the shoe.

I think this has the potential to causes injuries. Go back to what works.
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I would go back to the Nikes, especially if you had no prior problems. It sounds like whoever did the gait analysis oversold you on corrective shoes.

Most people pronate some. The majority of runners initially have heel strike on the outside of their foot. Then you rool forward from the heels to the ball. Finally you roll across the ball to the inside of your foot (pronate). That's the way your body absorbs the impact and gets you on your toes to psh off for the next step.

The fact that your new shoes causes blisters means the heel counter and other features is limiting your natural pronation - the shoe is holding your foot in a neutarl position while your foot continues to move inside the shoe.

I think this has the potential to causes injuries. Go back to what works.
Agreed.

I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any danger in what I've had (despite it feeling fine).

Thanks for the info! The rundown on foot motion will give me some additional things to look for when I go back today.
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Agreed.

I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any danger in what I've had (despite it feeling fine). Thanks for the info! The rundown on foot motion will give me some additional things to look for when I go back today.
The danger of overpronating is you get knee pain and often pain on the inside of your ankle. Unless you develop that, you are fine.
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The correct shoe is most important, but I wouldn't forget good socks. I was blistering until I started using special running socks. I received a pair of X-socks (http://www.x-socks.com/) and haven't had any blisters since. There are several (cheaper) brands. Each has their own features and everyone will have their favorite. I think they are worth the investment.
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those look like some pretty nifty socks!
I've been rocking some asic socks, came 3/pack for around $10. Can't beat that for now.

I am convinced the problem is the shoe, not the sock though.

I am going to keep with my current setup (old style shoes). Ran 16 miles over the weekend (2- 8 milers) and had no issues with my knees, or anything else. Returned the blistering shoes for a new pair of my current kicks.
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Well as far as triathlons go, you won't be using socks until Half-iron distance or perhaps some of your first Olympics. Try body glide and baby powder. If it's the shoe try out a couple of brands first. I like ASICS, but my friend likes Brooks better. The pronation support should help. I would keep trying. If you do a marathon or iron man those little things start to become important.
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I'm doing an Olympic this summer (questionable if I'll ever be interested in a half or full IM)...
anyway, no the support was a negative thing, and unfortunately asics have been very bad to me I've had great success in Nike Air Pegasus.
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The danger of overpronating is you get knee pain and often pain on the inside of your ankle. Unless you develop that, you are fine.
I have that problem and I don't know how to fix it. I wear NB 805s and they were good for the first like 200 miles but I find if I don't tighten them a lot i get inside ankle pain and a little knee pain. Now after 200 or so miles I get the pain either way.
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sounds like you should go back to the Nikes. As for the blisters, +1 on the body glide. If you don't have that, use a cheap deoderant (the white slicky kind). You won't get any blisters and your feet will not stink ;-)
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