Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals: What to Do When You Get Blisters on the Balls of Your Feet

Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals_ What to Do When You Get Blisters on Balls of Feet

There are so many cute sandals! But before you buy the next pair, keep this in mind: sandals with ultra-thin soles can result in days of misery!

While they’re comfy enough for a meal at a restaurant, the movies or a day of sitting at a sedentary job, sandals with no padding in the sole (1/4 inch or less) can be a real problem if you walk very far in them.

I recently learned the hard way, when I wore my brand new cute-but-not-substantial sandals to work, expecting to sit on a stool or stand at my stand-up desk all day.  The sandals were basically a few elastic straps. (The good news is that there was no bothersome breaking-in period, like there is sometimes with non-sandal shoes.)

Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals_ What to Do When You Get Blisters on Balls of FeetEverything went fine until I walked to and from a meeting in another building on campus – to take advantage of the beautiful day — and racked up 10,000+ steps (according to my trusty Fitbit).

By mid-afternoon, my feet were killing me, and I thought maybe they had some scrapes on them. But when I got home and took my shoes off, what a surprise!

I had big blisters on the balls of both of my feet.

Oh, my aching feet! (When your feet hurt, it’s hard to think about anything else.)

I Googled “what to do for blisters on balls of feet” and all the articles advised NOT to break the blister and peel the skin due to a chance of infection (which wasn’t one of the choices I was considering anyway…)

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Then I remembered I had some Band-Aids with gel in them for blister control to protect heels when wearing new shoes, so I put one on the bottom of each foot, trying to fully cover each blister. They didn’t relieve all the pain, but they helped somewhat.


Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals_ What to Do When You Get Blisters on Balls of Feet
Even wearing padded athletic shoes and thick socks with the Band-Aids around the house  the rest of the evening didn’t make any real difference (which ruled out wearing them to work the next day and having everyone snicker and/or ask if I was going to run a marathon).

After a somewhat miserable day at work the next day, stopped at the grocery store after work to pick up dinner food, and spied a package of two thick, gel-filled cushions for the balls of your feet in the health and beauty department. I think it was meant for women who wear stiletto heels, where most body weight centers on the balls of the feet — but, desperate for relief, I bought them.

I put one in each of my most comfortable running shoes (with a high, wide toebox) — and what a difference! Between the gel cushion and the blister-relief Band-Aid, it was like walking on a cushion. And it didn’t hurt at all anymore.

The next day, I picked a pair of thick-soled sandals — with plenty of soft padding — that the cushions fit comfortably inside for work – and found sweet relief.

In case you have a sandal emergency, why not stock up on the products mentioned here?

Better yet, insert gel cushions in your sandals every time you wear them and avoid getting any blisters! Cushions are even available for thong-type sandals!

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2 Responses to Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals: What to Do When You Get Blisters on the Balls of Your Feet

  1. Carolann says:

    Ouch! I know how painful those blisters can be. I like those pads too and do use them.

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