Dianthus Medical Blog Archive

Evidence based footcare part 2

As an update to my earlier post about some foot cream that was supposed to stop me getting blisters when training for and running in the Brighton Marathon, I now have the results.

I used the cream on my left foot, but not on my right, for about 3 weeks before the race.

At the end of the race, I had one blister on each foot. The blister on my right foot was one that I'd gained during training before I started using the foot cream, which never really healed, so it doesn't count. So from this small and totally statistically meaningless sample, I have no evidence that the foot cream did any good, and in fact some weak evidence that it may even have been harmful.

My email to the manufacturers asking whether they had any evidence never received a reply, so I guess there simply is no evidence that the product is effective.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I finished the Marathon in 4 h, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds. There is still time to sponsor me, in aid of Cancer Research UK, by clicking here.

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