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    So I think I need to take my Treks back and get a different size. However, about 2.5 miles into my run today I started getting blisters, and by the time I was done one of them had been completely torn open.

    Does anyone know how to get that to heal as quickly as possible? I'm not looking forward to running with some duct tape on it, so does anyone have any suggestions to keep it clean and covered while clocking miles?
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  • #2
    Soak in epsom salts and apply coconut oil topically or add to the soak.

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    • #3
      Don't use duct tape. Use cloth sports tape instead. It's much better for the skin since it will let air through and also sticks even when wet/sweaty. You can also tape your feet before running to prevent blisters.
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      • #4
        Are they too loose? I've never had a single blister when wearing VFFs. I'm not exactly an ultra endurance athlete, but I'm heavy and I did some +10k hikes.
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        • #5
          moleskin to protect the blisters.

          by any chance are your VFFs new? when i first got mine my feet got a little raw in a couple of spots, but it goes away...just like with any new pair of shoes.
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          • #6
            If you haven't done any barefooting or minimilist shoe work then you are going to need to ease into it. I have been running 3 times a week in my vibrams for the past year and I still get the occassional blister when I push hard. Take a couple days off and then come back. The ball of my foot is getting tougher and tougher since I have started and I have had less and less blistering.
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            • #7
              I had some KSO's for about 15 months before the dog felt it was time for a footie chew toy. So I bought some treks, and the fit is completely different - they rub in two spots on each foot. I bought my same size from the KSOs, which fit like a tailored glove, and the treks seem to have a longer footbed, and they don't fit as well. These treks are about a month old now, and I've been on the fence with them.

              I'm thinking it might be better to try the bikilas.

              Norak - thanks, I have some, and I'll use that instead.
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              • #8
                Davem,

                When my VFF KSO and Treksports were new I had a little issue with blisters also. This quickly went away. I use the blister bandaids from Target. Work great to cover and cushion the area.

                Goldengrokette

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                • #9
                  @MightyAl: It's interesting how people differ - as I said I never get blisters in VFFs - not even when I got them last year, and of course ended up overdoing it. But instead of blisters, the bones would hurt - mostly the middle toes and the bottom of the balls of the feet.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by davem View Post
                    I had some KSO's for about 15 months before the dog felt it was time for a footie chew toy. So I bought some treks, and the fit is completely different - they rub in two spots on each foot. I bought my same size from the KSOs, which fit like a tailored glove, and the treks seem to have a longer footbed, and they don't fit as well. These treks are about a month old now, and I've been on the fence with them.

                    I'm thinking it might be better to try the bikilas.

                    Norak - thanks, I have some, and I'll use that instead.
                    Since minimlist shows are old hat for you then adaptation is not the problem. Be careful with sizing among models. I don't have experienece with it but I have heard many cases where people have different sizes just from the sprint and the KSO. Awesome things about all the VFFs is they hold up way better then equally priced running shoes.
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                    • #11
                      MikeEnRegalia, MightyAl - on that vein, on how people differ with their experience... I had a small problem running on sidewalks in the KSOs, no blisters (EVER, miss them), I developed bruises on the balls of my feet. How's that for weird?

                      Goldengrokette - I'll look for those! I was thinking of picking up some second skin today, but those might be worth a try!
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                      • #12
                        I get bruises and blisters all the time ithe last two months since I started wearing mine. I take it that it's just toughening my feet up. It too will pass.
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                        • #13
                          My KSO's always start to rub blisters after a couple miles. I couldn't go any smaller in size either, but I do have really narrow feet and they tend to wear blisters on the sides of my feet where the Vibrams start shifting around sideways as I run. I've found the best solution is to just leave my 5fingers at home and run barefoot.

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                          • #14
                            Heh, I put in a 1/4 mi. barefoot on the track yesterday after getting the blisters... wasn't a comfortable experience.
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                            • #15
                              I guess that the best way for me to understand it, is to imagine that you have worn gloves on your hands, all your life since you were weeks old, and all the sudden decide to start trying rock climbing or a pull-up bar sans gloves....

                              Now look at your hands. If they are like mine, they are callused to the point of being like sandpaper in places. That took years or at least months to develop. For me, I have been a barefoot runner for about ten years. However, I moved to a new city last year, and the local running places are pretty hazardous to a barefooter, no matter who you are. (Got a piece of sheet metal in my sole once, prompted the Vibram buy!)

                              Even with all of that, I had a few weeks where the outside of my feet were pretty rough, as only the bottom of my feet were toughened up.

                              Also, maybe try some fingered socks? I see them at the running store and I imagine they might help to cycle in with going with just a shoe....
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