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Heidi Shaffer, Published April 10 2013

Thursday review: Rub Relief Stick works to prevent painful blisters

FARGO – Despite the weather, it’s spring, which means it’s time to pack up the boots and pull out those cute shoes you keep hidden in your closet for the better part of a year.

One of the problems that comes with wearing your neglected flats, heels and wedges is blisters.

Usually accepted as a rite to spring, this year I decided to try Dr. Scholl’s Rub Relief Stick to help ease the transition.

The product sells for less than $3 at most big-box and drug stores, and looks like a glue stick used in grade-school craft projects.

The directions say to apply “generously and as often as needed” to the areas of your foot that your shoes are mostly likely to rub and create blisters.

To test the Rub Relief Stick, I applied it to my left heel and pinkie and big toes, the places I most frequently develop blisters. I didn’t apply it to my right foot as a control.

After a few hours of wearing a pair of pretty brutal wedges that left me aching last summer, I had developed two small blisters on my right foot, but my left foot was completely unmarked.

I reapplied the stick once to an area I’d missed the first time.

The glue-stick-like cream is slightly greasy, so satin and light-colored leather shoes might show stains.

It’s the perfect size to carry in a purse, and I will definitely keep mine close at hand this spring and summer.

Bottom line: It’s inexpensive, easy and definitely worth a try.

Readers can reach Forum Features Editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511.