Blisters in Football Boots and Field Sports

All of these sports have similar body actions of stop-starting, twisting, sideways slipping and accelerating and decelerating very quickly. It is very stressful for feet to be able to adapt to such demands, and have the increased pressure on certain areas where the studs and blades are.

They are usually played on similar surfaces, the soles of each of these shoes, either have studs, blades or increased prominences on the soles to ensure the shoe grips the surface that it is being played on, allowing the player to get traction on the ground without the foot slipping.

Lots of people ask…

Do cheap football boots cause blisters?

Any boots can cause blisters if they don’t fit well. Make sure the shoe fitting is done at the end of the day when the foot is slightly bigger than the morning, take your training socks with you to try the boots on. Don’t be tempted to buy a bigger fit as the foot will move around too much but a tight fit will also cause blisters

Socks need to be made of wicking material to keep the moisture away from the skin reducing a blister formation

Lace locking which will help to keep the foot from moving too much within the shoe.

Reduce Friction

Engo patches can be applied to the areas of the shoe that are causing blisters on the foot, these will reduce the friction applied to the skin.

Armaskin liner socks would work well for these sporting activities as they can be used for training and matches, they help reduce the friction to all areas of the foot.

Blister prevention taping like Hypafix and KT pro are excellent at preventing blister on known previous blister problem sites.

Epitact gel ovals for the prevention of  arch and heel blister areas, can be reapplied up to 5 times and secured with hypafix tape

2Toms Blistersheild powder can be applied to the skin as a prevention measure or  after the application of tape to a dressing to reduce the areas of friction from the shoe

If areas of the foot are blistering check the stud placements as these could be causing an increase of pressure to that part of the foot. Consideration should be made to either reduce them in depth or remove them altogether. Using lubricants and powders all over the feet is not recommended for these sports as a loss of traction of the foot in the shoe will be a problem.