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There’s nothing worse: you’re out for a run, you’re feeling good, but all of a sudden it happens…that dull, gnawing pain on the back of your ankle. You know what it means: a blister is coming.
Not only are blisters painful, but they can also completely derail your planned activity. While the sensitivity of your skin is a big factor in whether or not you will get a blister, there are certain precautions you can take to protect your feet and ankles.
Here are our four best tips for avoiding blisters:
Break in new shoes
When you buy a new pair of shoes, it can take a few wears for your feet to get accustomed to how they fit. By taking it slow and building up how long you wear new shoes — for instance, start with a few short walks instead of a long run — you can ease your feet into the change.
Wear the right socks
We know, we know — this is an obvious one. But well-fitting socks that won’t slip down, that wick away moisture and that have enough cushion can make all the difference for tender-footed athletes.
Toughen up your feet
And speaking of tender-footed athletes, don’t be afraid to toughen up your soles. Blisters are caused by friction, and calluses act as protection against friction. Rather than trying to rid your feet of calluses with pumice stones, embrace this natural cushion for your feet.
If there’s a certain part of your foot that always seems to get a blister on long runs, get proactive by covering the problem spot with a bandage or sports tape. You can also use certain products to either help lubricate your feet against friction — like petroleum jelly or body glide — or keep them dry against excessive moisture, like corn starch or foot antiperspirant.
Blisters happen, but they don’t have to be a frequent part of your running life. With proper precautions and the right gear, you can tackle all of your runs with confidence — and feet that feel good.
Protect your feet with the right socks. Shop now.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.