One of my favorite products for preventing foot blisters,
lace bite, and other kinds of foot pain caused by skating
are gel pads designed for skaters, such as Clear Clouds and Bunga Pads.
These gel pads are made of a soft, clear polyurethane
gel called viscoelastic polymer,
that has special "liquid-solid" properties
that allow it to absorb shock and isolate vibration.
The pads come in many different
shapes and sizes that are designed to
protect your feet from pressure, abrasion,
vibration and painful bone protrusion.
The pads are not very thick (1/16 to 3/16 inch)
but no matter how hard you squeeze them between your fingers,
you can still feel a substantial layer of gel.
A Florida company called
Skating Safe makes a line of
polymer gel products called
Clear Clouds that was especially designed for skaters.
Their catalog includes pressure relief
disks in two sizes, lace-bite pads,
blister sheets, ankle wraps, and a universal pad
suitable for protecting the achilles tendon and
other parts of your foot.
My favorite product is their 2.75" diameter 3/16" thick
pressure relief disk. I use it anytime I start to experience
pain over my inside or outside ankle bone. I also occasionally use
the ankle wrap, the thicker universal pad, and the
even thicker lace bite pad to protect
my ankles from cuff pressure when I'm planning to skate
a long distance in my speed boots.
The manufacturer recommends wearing Clear Clouds
under tights or nylon stockings, so they will stay in place, but I
have not had a problem with them sliding
around on my feet when I wear them under my socks.
Bunga Pads is another gel pad product for inline skaters,
quad roller skaters, and ice figure skaters. I have not
tried Bunga Pads, but I believe they are similar to
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