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Sneakers keep rubbing against ankles when Im on treadmill - Any suggestions?

Started 1279496078.673 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1279795886.62 by kitkom

I keep getting blisters on my ankles when I workout on the treadmill, I tried putting Band Aid Sport Strip Bandaids, and they didnt even stay on well, and theyre supposse to be water resistant - I wasnt even sweating on my ankles. My sneakers fir well, they are Nike ones, they arent too tight at all. Any suggestions? I cant be the only one this happens to... Are there any bandaids that you guys have tried that stay on?

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KarinaJ1279496470.883496 PostsRegistered 11/5/2008

Hi Jamie..

You should try the Band Aid Active Friction Block Stick. You rub it on the part of your foot that the shoes are blistering on and it coats and protects it.

Hope that helps!!


Zaksgrrl1279496483.3239844 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008In the sun but willing to go into the dark

I would: stretch out the sneakers with my hands (I hope they're leather), and try thicker, or double up on, socks.

There are all kinds of blister-prevention products in stores that specialize in running shoes. I would check those out as the third option.

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esmeraldag­ooch1279496524.03713298 PostsRegistered 1/7/2008Adopt a Rescue Pet, who rescues who?

I walk barefoot.

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Sooner1279496662.31316624 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Are they rubbing or are you hitting the ankle with the other foot? In either case, it sounds like you pronate, which means your feet roll inward. You need an arch support to make your feet more level probably. Go to a real athletic shoe store, one runners go to, and let them look at your feet and how you walk. They may sell you inserts or you may need a different type of shoe.

Teddie1279496885.967529 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004SD

I'm thinking she means the shoes are rubbing on the back of her ankles. Is that it, jamie?

PpprMintPa­tty1279496938.3118978 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007Outside our Nation's Capitol

I'd have to say your shoes don't fit you properly. Not all shoes are made for every foot. Just because they're Nike, that doesn't mean they're a good shoe for you.

You need to decide what type your foot is...high arch, pronate, supanate, etc, then get the proper shoe style for your foot type. You can look it all up online.

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jamie1279497013.7332518 PostsRegistered 7/24/2005

Wow, I didnt expect to get so many quick replies! I LOVE This board so much!!! lol

Teddie, yes, I probably should have been more clearer in my post - the sneakers are rubbing the back of my ankles and they arent tight at all, its just when I walk on the treadmill, they end up rubbing the backs of my ankles. Thank you all so much for the helpful info.

DebbieDD1279497132.7138109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

You should probably be wearing socks. You say they are not tight which is sometimes what causes the rubbing.

jamie1279497432.6032518 PostsRegistered 7/24/2005

DebbieDD, I am wearing socks, actually, they are pretty thick ones. I dont even want to knwo what my ankles would look like if I had no socks on... lol

Teddie1279497548.197529 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004SD

jamie, I have the exact same problem. Nikes that rub the back of my ankles. Band-aids don't stay on. Putting on an extra pair or thicker socks is out of the question. Then my shoes would be too tight. I should look and see what the foot care area at the store has to offer,

summerblue1279497559.4832301 PostsRegistered 12/26/2007Long Island, NY

Be sure to wear socks & pick up Dr. Scholl's gel (or non-gel) heel grips at your local drugstore to attach on the inside heel area of your sneakers.

ladyroxanne1279497703.61311022 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

I walk the treadmill myself and if you are having this problem your shoes are not the right ones. Wrong size, style, etc. I had to return a pair of Nike's and get new balance because of that same problem.

eta: I can't believe anyone walking barefoot on a treadmill without really hurting themselves!

Lori Kaye1279498075.223814 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I used to have the same problem but I started using the large size Band-aids that would cover your knee area and no more blisters!

SuzyBailey12794982875360 PostsRegistered 6/17/2007NEW YORK, NEW YORK

You need New Balance sneakers and also you can line the inside of the sneakers with the cotton you wrap around the head when you're getting a permanent and then put a large band-aid to hold it together at the ends.

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Teddie1279498604.34529 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004SD

Lori K, yeah but then you'd have to put one on every time you did the treadmill! I wonder if the problem is like some are suggesting, that the Nike shoes aren't a good fit. Like I said, I'm having the same problem with them.

Zaksgrrl1279498680.679844 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008In the sun but willing to go into the dark

And just pull the top of the back of the sneaker back away from your ankle to roll it away from your ankle. Usually this part of the shoe is rolled towards the ankle.

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PinkyPetun­ia1279500032.944688 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004NJ

A runner's trick to prevent blisters is to apply a piece of duct tape to the area you want to protect. It is thin and stays on. In fact it is hard to remove; you really have to pull it off so do not apply to broken or blistered skin.

I agree the shoe is not fitting properly. Try to look for a shoe that is cut lower in the area that bothers you.

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SoCarolina1279500827.067123 PostsRegistered 3/26/2008

You could try Dr. Scholl's Moleskin. Put a piece of it inside the back of your shoe where it hits your ankle with the soft side touching the back of your foot (after the blister heals.)

jamie1279504702.5272518 PostsRegistered 7/24/2005

Guys, thank you so much. I am goinmg to bed right now, (have to be up early for work tommorrow), but, I am definitely going to weite down what you guys suggested. Thanks all so much for the info. Have a good night everyone. I will check back again tommorrow to see if there is any other info. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

Blondie501279508026.567216 PostsRegistered 10/5/2007

I have the exact same problem. I have very narrow ankles and order a narrow size when I can get it. However, nothing seems to fit right no matter what. I have given up on sneakers and just wear walking shoes or go barefoot. Sneakers are too hot anyway.

jamie1279566323.5832518 PostsRegistered 7/24/2005

Thanks again everyone for the suggestions. I am gong to jot down things to get/try. I appreciate it a lot. {#emotions_dlg.wub}

OkeyDokey1279566547.6531128 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007

I have to purchase sneakers with low-cut ankles. Many of the sneaker styles now have ankles that seem to be cut for men.

lulu21279566853.3323295 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I had a similar problem with Nikes. Nothing helped so I admitted defeat and donated them.

Walking barefooted on a treadmill is not a good idea.

jamie1279568165.022518 PostsRegistered 7/24/2005

Maybe its a NIKE thing? lol My sneakers are pretty low cut. HHHMMMM.....

OkeyDokey1279568381.1031128 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007
On 7/19/2010 jamie said:

Maybe its a NIKE thing? lol My sneakers are pretty low cut. HHHMMMM.....

I've had this problem when trying on Nikes, New Balance, and Adidas. It's unreal. This never, ever used to be an issue for me, but the past couple of years, it's out of control. The anatomy of my ankle hasn't changed, so you tell me. LOL! Good luck finding something that works. I have a pair of Onitsuka Tigers that don't rub my ankles at all, but they might not provide enough support for some people if they walk a great deal.

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