Little blisters on toes

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  1. Nerevar

    Nerevar Barefooters

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    First of all, please excuse me if I post a new thread where maybe there are lot of threads about blisters, but I'm new, I'm Italian, and I didn't find so much about the blisters I will talk about.

    I decided to start my transition to natural running directly without shoes, because in my opinion there is nothing better than learning the right technique without any artifice (like minimalist shoes) that can condition some mistakes in the running technique due to less proprioceptive stimulation.

    I'm following some exercises given me from a barefoot specialist therapist, to balance my posture and balance too weak and too strong muscles of my legs, hips, etc. etc. I'm doing feet strenghtening exercises every day since November, now customized for me by my therapist, and in the meantime I'm strenghtening myself with 3 hours of functional training every week.

    I decided to run on asphalt and I started with a very very slow program.
    First I tried 750 m two times, then 1 km three times and then I ran 1.2 km thursday and yesterday. In the last three times I ran barefoot, I had some blisters on my toes. Very very little blisters, the first two (on the second toe of each foot) resolved and now I have a little thicker layer of skin where I have blister, but the third blister (fourth toe of my right foot) opened up and I lost the little skin over it, with the wound exposed. Very important thing, yesterday, when I had that blister, was raining. Maybe the wet asphalt is not good for running barefoot, specially at the beginning?

    Now, this wound is healing very well, I have my little blood crust over there, so It's healing. It's very little, 5mm nothing more, and I don't have pain except when I push my toe very strong over the ground making the short foot excercises. I think I could run with that little wound, but my fear is to remove the crust running over it on the asphalt.
    So, what should I do?
    I must rest untill my skin is completely healed, or I can run wrapping that toe with some surgical tape only during my running session?

    And, second question, what can be the cause of my little blisters?
    I'm afraid that my toes could grasp the ground when I run, and this grasping can cause blisters on them. Can It be?
    I think my technique is not so bad, because I don't have any blister or pain on the ball of the foot and no pain in my muscles (ok, only 1.2 km, but I know lot of people that have calf pain after 500 m of forefoot striking), I'm trying to run with proper posture and to run at about 180 steps per minutes with the metronome app.
    Or can it be the wet asphalt after the rain? I read that running barefoot with wet asphalt is not so good because water weakens the skin resistance. Is that true?

    Every tip is gold for me, thank you guys.
     
  2. Dr. Mark

    Dr. Mark Barefooters
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    Nerevar
    hi from a fellow Italian
    on first question it is fine to use duct tape or a sturdy athletic tape for sensitive areas until skin adapts.

    blisters are always caused by friction so when learning barefoot best to go really really easy and slow and learn to land soft. this pace is even slower than a fast walk.

    stay with it....weeks to months and you will be set free!

    Mark
     
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  3. Nerevar

    Nerevar Barefooters

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    So...is Mark Cucuzzella writing? That Mark Cucuzzella?!?! *________*

    It's a pleasure to know you Doc! Thank you very much. I will follow your tips, surely!


    EDIT: I was thinking. You told me to have a pace that is even slower than fast walking. Theory of barefoot/minimalist running says (correct me if I'm wrong) to maintain about 180 steps per minute, so it's a fast rhytm. How can I try to maintain this 180 steps per minute going slower than a fast walk?
     
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  4. Barefoot TJ

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    I did not know you were Italian, Dr. Mark. Thank you for responding.
     
  5. Nerevar

    Nerevar Barefooters

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    Ehehehe Cucuzzella is a very very Italian surname! I think his parents or relatives were Italians from the south of Italy :D:D
     
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  7. Nerevar

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    Thanks again doctor!

    Why do they wear socks?
     

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