We know that pressure and rubbing are primary friction blister causes. But there are a number of other important risk factors that could be impacting how susceptible you are to blistering on your feet.
Skin Type and Characteristics
You’d be forgiven for assuming that the thinner skin elsewhere on your body would be most prone to blisters. Yet the evidence says otherwise4. Individuals with thick skin (on the soles of your feet in particular) are more likely to experience blistering.
Foot abnormalities and deformities have an impact as well5. For example, someone with flat feet or a high arch will get more blisters than someone with “normal” feet. Even people with a history of foot injury have been shown to suffer more in this way.
As mentioned previously, having moist feet is a recipe for trouble when it comes to blisters. Why? Because it increases the risk of friction4. If you tend to get sweaty feet, it’s worth wearing moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes to help keep them nice and dry.
Overweight individuals may get more blisters too6. Evidence varies, but the feet of heavier-set people could be wider and flatter due to the extra weight they’re carrying. Combine that with other blister-forming factors, and the risk of blisters occurring increases.
Our final risk factor for blisters comes down to past experience7. Unfortunately, studies suggest that your likelihood of getting them is higher if you’ve had them before. That, if you ask us, is as good a reason as any to protect your feet in advance by using Compeed’s various blister-defying products.