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I have wide feet and I am size 10, 90-95% of the time after playing football I get blisters, they are not the average blisters either, they go black/blue and take a few weeks to heal. The affected are…
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2y, 7m agoPosted 2 years, 7 months ago
I have wide feet and I am size 10, 90-95% of the time after playing football I get blisters, they are not the average blisters either, they go black/blue and take a few weeks to heal. The affected area is the ball of the foot, and usually the right foot is a lot worse off than the left foot for some reason, maybe because I am right footed.

I have tried the gel insoles, which failed because they are bigger than the normal insoles so they further squash my feet. I have tried wearing football socks, two socks, putting vaseline on the effected areas before I play, but nothing seems to be working.

Can anyone reccommend a way that they have overcome this and/or some football shoes that have solved this problem for them? I primarily play on an astroturf pitch, and occasionally on a hard ground grass pitch. Does anyone know of a place that does custom football shoes around the Luton area?
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2y, 7m agoPosted 2 years, 7 months ago
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#1
I suffer from blisters on the ball of my feet too and I use something like the following:

http://www.physioroom.com/product/Gelex_Metatarsal_Pad_with_Loop/3218/39735.html

I also tape them into place with some normal medical style tape so they stay there while putting my socks on, I have never had a blister since and because they only cover a certain part of your foot they aren't bigger than the insoles in your boots already.

Hope this helps.
#2
townenc
I suffer from blisters on the ball of my feet too and I use something like the following:

http://www.physioroom.com/product/Gelex_Metatarsal_Pad_with_Loop/3218/39735.html

I also tape them into place with some normal medical style tape so they stay there while putting my socks on, I have never had a blister since and because they only cover a certain part of your foot they aren't bigger than the insoles in your boots already.

Hope this helps.


Thanks for your suggestion, just one question for you; can I just pick up medical tape from a chemist.
#3
erm...... not sure..... it doesn't have to be anything special, just any kind of tape that will keep it in place tbh..... you could even get the stuff from a supermarket thats like a plaster on a roll...... so you should be able to pick something up like that from a chemist.
#4
Aldi do a good fabric type bandage tape.

Have you spoken to a doctor or physiotherapist about this?
#5
I spoke to a doctor and he advised me to use the gel insoles, which didn't work.
#6
I had a mate that had tried allsorts like you have as well, I recommended these that I use and he hasn't has a blister since, I cant recommend these highly enough for anyone that gets blisters on the ball of their feet.
#7
Do you run / walk in an odd way? It might be worthwhile going to a specialist running shop who will video you running and advise on any potential insoles which could well help as it could well be your 'gait'.

The other option is do your boots fit correctly? I'm about a size 10 and have wide feet as well - always had a problem getting boots and more often than not get blisters on hard ground especially when the boots are new.

Some brands / models are not really geared up for the average joes wide, chunky feet.
#8
ipswich78
Do you run / walk in an odd way? It might be worthwhile going to a specialist running shop who will video you running and advise on any potential insoles which could well help as it could well be your 'gait'.

The other option is do your boots fit correctly? I'm about a size 10 and have wide feet as well - always had a problem getting boots and more often than not get blisters on hard ground especially when the boots are new.

Some brands / models are not really geared up for the average joes wide, chunky feet.

I don't think I run in an odd way, but when playing football your often twisting and turning which probably puts more pressure on the feet, compared to just running.

I'm a size 10 as well, and often the shoes are still not wide enough, but if I get a size, or half a size bigger then they are too long.

Which brand/models do you reccommend, I'm still to find a good comfortable pair of football shoes, I prefer more lightweight models, but the wider ones are usually not lightweight so I have to go for the heavier models, my feet are widest at the ball of the feet.

Cheers.
#9
townenc
I had a mate that had tried allsorts like you have as well, I recommended these that I use and he hasn't has a blister since, I cant recommend these highly enough for anyone that gets blisters on the ball of their feet.

Yeah, I'm planning on purchasing the pad, and I will see how it goes.
#10
I know I run / walk oddly (no jokes...) as I always wear the outside edge of my boots / shoes down more than any other part.

I bought my last pair of boots last summer (currently out with a cartilage injury so won't be replacing them until i'm playing again). I bought a firm ground pair and a soft ground pair. I went through loads of boots Puma King (nowhere near wide enough), Nike etc.

I ended up with a pair of the previous seasons Adidas Kaiser / Liga reduced to about £45 for the firm ground and a pair of Warriors for soft ground. The Adidas have been brilliant and fit really nicely, the Warriors are okay when its really wet but any hardness and it's blisters galore.

Also, make sure you are not wearing to many things under the boots - the more surfaces / layers the more movement there is likely to be between them. Additionally - I bought an show stretching device for about a tenner which works a treat. You put it inside the booth - set it up to stretch the necessary parts and leave it for a few days. Obviously you only stretch it a little at a time.

Using the above it has given me the closest thing to a 'comfortable' fit. Hope it helps and good luck.
#11
I have heard good things about the Adidas Copa Mundials, but I can't seem to find an astroturf version, any help.
#12
townenc
I suffer from blisters on the ball of my feet too and I use something like the following:

http://www.physioroom.com/product/Gelex_Metatarsal_Pad_with_Loop/3218/39735.html

I also tape them into place with some normal medical style tape so they stay there while putting my socks on, I have never had a blister since and because they only cover a certain part of your foot they aren't bigger than the insoles in your boots already.

Hope this helps.

The one in this the following link looks the same, anyone now if the website is trusted or if it's of significantly lower quality.

http://www.insolesandorthoticsdirect.co.uk/gelex--metatarsal-pad-with-loop-927-p.asp
#13
madridpaid_the_referee
townenc
I suffer from blisters on the ball of my feet too and I use something like the following:

http://www.physioroom.com/product/Gelex_Metatarsal_Pad_with_Loop/3218/39735.html

I also tape them into place with some normal medical style tape so they stay there while putting my socks on, I have never had a blister since and because they only cover a certain part of your foot they aren't bigger than the insoles in your boots already.

Hope this helps.

The one in this the following link looks the same, anyone now if the website is trusted or if it's of significantly lower quality.

http://www.insolesandorthoticsdirect.co.uk/gelex--metatarsal-pad-with-loop-927-p.asp

However, they don't have the correct size...
#14
ipswich78
Do you run / walk in an odd way? It might be worthwhile going to a specialist running shop who will video you running and advise on any potential insoles which could well help as it could well be your 'gait'.

The other option is do your boots fit correctly? I'm about a size 10 and have wide feet as well - always had a problem getting boots and more often than not get blisters on hard ground especially when the boots are new.

Some brands / models are not really geared up for the average joes wide, chunky feet.

Blisters are caused by friction (rubbing between the skin and something) - as ipswich78 stated above - the OP needs to check his footwear are correctly fitted, the socks (what are they made of?

In the army (years ago) we got blisters for the first few weeks from those army boots and the cure was to cut off the skin/burst the blister. let it dry in the fresh air then get back in your boots and get past the pain - supposedly to harden the skin and the soldier. I suppose Health & Safety would be a major issue these days!

Ensure your boots are correct size/tight fighting and the socks are woollen or cotton as much as possible.
#15
madridpaid_the_referee
I have heard good things about the Adidas Copa Mundials, but I can't seem to find an astroturf version, any help.

Here you go:

- http://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-mundial-team-astro-turf-football-boots-mens-263016
- http://www.prodirectsoccer.com/lists/adidas-football-boots-classic.aspx?listName=adidas-football-boots-classic&t=Turf+Trainer
- http://www.footballboots.co.uk/adidas-copamundial.html

Let me know if these help.
#16
madridpaid_the_referee
I have heard good things about the Adidas Copa Mundials, but I can't seem to find an astroturf version, any help.

And the shoe stretcher I mentioned:

- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medipaq%C2%AE-Shoe-Stretchers-LADIES-blisters/dp/B00474PLG8
#17
philphil61
ipswich78
Do you run / walk in an odd way? It might be worthwhile going to a specialist running shop who will video you running and advise on any potential insoles which could well help as it could well be your 'gait'.

The other option is do your boots fit correctly? I'm about a size 10 and have wide feet as well - always had a problem getting boots and more often than not get blisters on hard ground especially when the boots are new.

Some brands / models are not really geared up for the average joes wide, chunky feet.

Blisters are caused by friction (rubbing between the skin and something) - as ipswich78 stated above - the OP needs to check his footwear are correctly fitted, the socks (what are they made of?

In the army (years ago) we got blisters for the first few weeks from those army boots and the cure was to cut off the skin/burst the blister. let it dry in the fresh air then get back in your boots and get past the pain - supposedly to harden the skin and the soldier. I suppose Health & Safety would be a major issue these days!

Ensure your boots are correct size/tight fighting and the socks are woollen or cotton as much as possible.

Socks are cotton, I think. I struggle to find the correct size footwear due to my wide feet. I think I'll skip the old army routine...for now.
#18
ipswich78
madridpaid_the_referee
I have heard good things about the Adidas Copa Mundials, but I can't seem to find an astroturf version, any help.

Here you go:

- http://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-mundial-team-astro-turf-football-boots-mens-263016
- http://www.prodirectsoccer.com/lists/adidas-football-boots-classic.aspx?listName=adidas-football-boots-classic&t=Turf+Trainer
- http://www.footballboots.co.uk/adidas-copamundial.html

Let me know if these help.

Thanks a bunch, I think the first link has got the one I was looking for.
#19
My son is a size 9 his feet sweat lots especially when running and playing football he get blisters that too go black. I put cotton wool pads with sudocrem on then secure with medical tape which can be purchased from supermarket I get it in Tesco.

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