Espernace podiatrist offers relief from blisters

Blister solution: Rebecca Rushton from Esperance Podiatry is proud to launch a
book that will help blister sufferers.

Blister solution: Rebecca Rushton from Esperance Podiatry is proud to launch a book that will help blister sufferers.

Blisters have always been a problem for podiatrist Rebecca Rushton.

Being blister prone her whole life frustrated her, not just professionally, but personally in everyday activities like walking her dog or playing a casual game of hockey.

"I've been getting blisters all my life; even walking to work I'd get them easily," Rushton said.

"It's a little bit embarrassing having to admit, as a podiatrist, that I couldn't get on top of my own problem."

Taping had previously been Rushton's go-to method, but after doing a little bit more research she realised how little was known about this universal problem.

"I started doing research and realised how little we understood about this problem that affects everyone.

"A lot of people assume blisters are caused by the friction of the skin rubbing against your shoes, but they're actually caused by the bone rubbing under the skin."

What started as a personal quest to find a solution, morphed into a platform where Rushton could share her findings with blister sufferers around the world.

After establishing her website in 2012, Rushton has now published a book titled The Blister Prone Athlete's Guide to Preventing Foot Blisters.

"I had to start looking outside podiatry and sports medicine and start looking at things like military studies and tribology, which is the study of friction," Rushton said.

"I looked outside the field and brought it all together ... to provide practical advice for athletes and everyday people."

Since releasing this information Rushton said she had received positive feedback from all corners of the globe.

One 58-year-old woman who wanted to participate in a charity walk for cancer research was struggling to train because of toe blisters, she said.

Rushton advised the woman to use silicone gel toe sleeves and the problem was solved.

Fixing her own blister problems has also been a great result of her research.

Rushton said her blister prevention hinged on a product called ENGO patches.

"They're skinny blue patches that stick onto your shoes and last for at least 500km.

"They reduce friction like nothing else and they take up no room ... they're just so easy," she said.

The Blister Prone Athlete's Guide to Preventing Foot Blisters has reached number one on the best sellers list in Amazon's sports medicine and podiatry categories.

The book will be available for free download on kindles until midday tomorrow. For more information on blister prevention go to blisterprevention.com.au

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