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Blisters particularly blisters on feet are a common problem caused by friction from shoes or clothing which rubs repeatedly on the skin. We explain the causes, treatment and blister prevention.
Prevention is by far the best cure for blisters. Once you have a blister out on a long walk or during a game then it is going to cause pain and slow you down. Preventing a blister in the first place should be an easy task if you look after your feet and follow are few simple tips.
Take care of your footwear. Ensure that shoes fit correctly. Poorly fitting shoes that are either too tight or too big will increase rubbing or friction on the foot and toes. Running shoes should last 6 months or 500 miles. Change them before they become too worn out. Look after your walking boots or shoes. Do not leave them on radiators or near heaters. This may cause the leather to shrink and seams protrude.
Protect the potential hot spots by applying a second skin and / or blister taping. Use the highest quality zinc oxide tape which will stay stuck to the foot for longer especially when the feet get wet. A blister plaster is designed specifically for blisters and to act as a second skin. Make sure they are warm and the foot dry before applying them but once they are on properly they should stay in place for 24 hours and be very effective at preventing blisters.
Keep feet as dry as possible. Wet shoes, boots and socks will cause blisters far quicker than dry ones. Wherever possible change your socks regularly and use foot powder to help keep them dry.
Blisters are common amongst long distance runners. All of the above can be used to help prevent developing blisters, especially taping but there are a couple of extra points which may help:
Most small blisters should be left alone and they will usually heal fine on their own. However if you do get a blister on a long run or walk then there are a few things you can do to ease the pain.
At the first sign of Blisters
When should you pop blisters?
For larger blisters or those which are causing problems, it may be necessary to pop them. Popping blisters should be done with caution, following these guidelines.
How to get rid of blisters?
Blisters will usually just drain and heal on their own. Even if you have had to pop a blister, you should then simply clean the area, cover it to protect it and leave it to heal naturally.