It’s official, blister proneness is a real thing! If your feet blister when others don’t, it might not be that you’ve got the wrong shoes or you’re doing anything wrong. It might just be that your skin is less resistant to blister-causing forces. Just like mine is.

I’ve got three studies that show without a doubt, some people’s feet are more prone to blisters than others. Let’s have a look.



Blister Prone Research

Blister Study 1: 1955

An early experimental blister study on 19 volunteer British medical students and doctors, showed blistering occurred between 27 and 138 rubs. However, in this experiment, the skin on the middle of the shin was tested.

Blister Study 2: 1966

Another experimental blister study 11 years later was conducted on 54 American army personnel. Some soldiers blistered in 3 minutes and others still hadn’t blistered even after 50 minutes. The exact same frictional force was used on all subjects! This time, it was applied to the palm of the hand. This is closer to a foot blister scenario because palmar (hand) skin and plantar (foot) skin are very similar. 

Are your feet blister prone

Foot blisters in the military are a big deal

Blister Study 3: 2013

This next one is a lot more recent (non-military). It was performed at the University of Salford in England on 30 volunteers. The frictional force was applied to the back of the heel. So this one is directly relevant. Similarly, it confirmed the large range, with blister onset ranging from between 4 and 32 minutes. Quite a difference again!


Let’s See Those “Time-to-Blister” Results Again


  • 27 and 138 rubs
  • 3 and 50 minutes
  • 4 and 32 minutes

Within each study, there are different individual responses to the same blister-causing shear force. Therefore, it’ confirms the large individual variation of susceptibility to blisters.


Are Your Feet Prone to Blisters?

are your feet prone to blisters

Does this sound familiar to you? It does to me. My feet blister very easily!

Being blister prone can shape your lifestyle! It can force you to live a less active lifestyle than you might have otherwise led. Similarly, it can force you to give up sports you’re good at and activities you enjoy. I know of two different people, one a basketballer and the other a triathlete who both gave away their sport prematurely, with persistent foot blisters figuring in their decision. Plus an underground miner who found it necessary to change his occupation because of ongoing foot blisters.

If you’re blister prone and you can’t find a way to get your blister problem under control, there comes a time when you’re just not prepared to put up with the pain any longer. And it’s not just the pain, it’s the aggravation of everything else that goes with it – the time, the mess, the expense, the inconvenience, the limitations…


The Good News – Blister Prevention Has Come a Long Way

Foot blisters are common, but they’re not inevitable. And things have come a long way in recent years. We’re better than ever at understanding what causes blisters and how to prevent them. This may surprise you.

If you’re blister prone and feel like you’ve tried everything, I’m sure I can help. In fact, I’m certain of it. You can search for your blister location on this website. If you’d like some one-on-one help, join my Fix My Foot Blisters Fast course and I’ll walk you through everything you need to know. Read the reviews, look at all the things I’ll teach you, and how much it costs. Then think about how much it would be worth to you to not get blisters any more.

But if  you want to get started with something ASAP, my go-to blister strategy is ENGO Blister Patches. For every blister location (except blisters between toes), these patches are a fabulous place to start. Grab yours today.

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Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod)

About The Author

Rebecca Rushton BSc(Pod)

Podiatrist, blister prone ex-hockey player, foot blister thought-leader, author and educator. Can’t cook. Loves test cricket.

USD $15.99ENGO Blister Patches 6-Pack

ENGO Blister Patches 6-Pack

ENGO Blister Patches 6-Pack contains 4 large and 2 small oval patches. It's a versatile blister pack for most blister situations, including toe blisters.



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    • Heidi 6 September 2021 at 5:49 am - Reply

      I blister all the time. In sandals especially, no matter how many time I wear the shoes – they never seem to wear in enough to stop causing me blisters. Is there anything I can do? I don’t want to have to always wear sneakers and socks. Thanks!

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        It depends where your blisters are Heidi. Search for your blister location (eg: blister under big toe) on this website and I’ll tell you what factors cause that blister and all the (best) ways to prevent it.

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  7. Val McAlister 8 May 2019 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Hi, my 18 year old daughter is prone to blisters on her feet and hands. She plays ice hockey and always gets big insole blisters. Also, she has tried many different types of shoes but gets blisters in a matter of minutes, from almost all of them. Blisters between her toes, on the top of her feet, heels, etc. She also gets blisters anytime she lifts weights, does weightlifting bar work, etc with her hands. We cannot figure out how to help her. Thank you!

  8. Gitte 9 May 2020 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I also get blisters insanely quickly, often after only a minute or less walking. Primarily on my heel, but when I am wearing shoes with slippery soles also on the bottom of my feet. Because it’s mainly on my heel things like ankle boots help a lot, as they don’t have the corner of shoe-heel friction (by the way, my shoes are often too big too as my size is often unavailable, so my foot often falls out of an open shoe constantly causing more friction and movement). I have found shoes with very soft, smooth, buttery leather (hard leather you have to wear in is the worst!) or shoes with a lot of cushiony padding on the heel help a lot. But those aren’t always possible, or findable…

  9. Josie 23 January 2023 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I get blisters both from friction and heat. It is hereditary in my family.
    Recently I was on a beach and the sand was excessively hot and burned my entire foot bottom. The heat went right through my sandals. No one else was bothered. Now 2 months later those areas still flare with fire under my skin although I don’t have visible blisters.
    It’s awful. People don’t understand.

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