Blisters are one of the most commonly seen ills in runners. Blisters can make a pretty bad contribution when it comes to running and other athletic activities. But there is hope for every runner with this treatment and prevention guide.
Our guide to treating and preventing blisters will help keep those feet free of pain and injury so that you hit the pavement painlessly.
What is the problem? What the heck is a blister?
First: These nasty little bumps or bubbles are the result of rubbing against the foot, causing the outer layers of the skin to rub together, and fill with fluid. The culprit can be anything from new or poorly fitted running shoes to wet feet caused by non-absorbent socks.
Runners must be careful and pay attention to them
But the blisters should not be ignored, covering them with a band-aid, and forgetting about them, since they can become infected and cause a new world of problems in our feet. Aside from causing localized pain and a burning sensation, when the blisters become infected, they fill with pus.
If the blister breaks, you are at risk for secondary impetigo (a contagious bacterial infection) or cellulite (a more serious skin infection). Continuing to leave infected blisters without receiving any type of treatment could also lead to sepsis, a life-threatening bacterial infection in the bloodstream or body tissue. One more word of caution: People with diabetes are more susceptible to foot blisters (as a result of neuropathic diabetes) and should handle treatment with caution in order to prevent infection. The best bet is: “Prevent blisters before they start.”
How to make our Ampoules disappear or not come out
Luckily, there is more than one way to stop the blisters before they ruin a race. Starting from moleskin (Bandages and clothes from moleskin are made of a cotton fabric that is woven in a particular and special way.) And petroleum jelly to improve socks and shoes, we have compiled a list of key ways to keep running long term.
Choose Socks with head
The right socks are super important when it comes to blister prevention. Socks provide additional support for our feet, keep moisture in, and can minimize the friction that leads to those nasty blisters. Stay away from cotton socks as they absorb sweat and moisture and are more likely to blister as a result. Try wearing nylon socks, which allow more breathability and less moisture buildup on the foot. Some runners also opt for wick socks, a mixed wool sock that wicks moisture away from the feet.
If one pair of socks doesn’t work, try wearing two! In this way, any friction can happen between the two pairs of socks, rather than one pair of socks and your own skin.
Tapes and Bandages
For foot spots that are notorious for blisters, try attaching moleskin or other soft but safe bandages to problem areas before pulling your socks off and running on the pavement again. One study showed that Blist-O-Ban bandages not only reduced friction but also prevented blistering.
Buy well-fitting shoes
The least we can do for ourselves is to make sure we are wearing running shoes that are fit for a run. Before hitting the road, visit a specialized store and do a good shoe and tread test to see which is the best model for your feet and running style.
If a blister isn’t too painful and doesn’t stop you from standing, then it’s best to keep it intact to help prevent the risk of infection (also, blisters are very good at healing themselves when left alone and intact). Cover the small blisters with an adhesive bandage, and the larger ones with a porous plastic-coated gauze pad (so the blister can breathe).
Seeing for infection is important for runners
If popping appears to be the best course of action, always check for potential signs of infection before touching a blister (Call your doctor if the blister releases yellow or green pus, if the area becomes more and more swollen or inflamed, or if you have any other reason to think it might be infected.) If there are no signs of infection, follow these steps to safely pop the blisters:
- Wash your hands. Don’t skimp on soap and water.
- Clean the ampoule. Use a clean swab (swab) with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or iodine.
- Sterilize a needle. (You should make it fancy with a small, sharp needle or pin.) Use alcohol and a clean swab or pad.
- Take a deep breath. Try not to get nervous knowing that you have to stick a needle in yourself.
- Pierce the side of the blister at several points. Try to make the points close to the edge of the blister. You can take the drainage liquid with a clean piece of cotton or gauze.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment. Next, place gauze or an adhesive bandage over the area and secure the area with tape.
- Wait a few days (2-3). Next, cut and remove the dead skin (Use sterile scissors or tweezers and alcohol to keep the area clean.).
- Repeat step 6. Apply more antibiotic ointment and bandage again until healed.
While there may be more than one way to get a blister, but at least there are several ways to prevent and treat them. Do not be discouraged if they appear at the beginning of the race, and find a preventive method that works for you, and return to the roads when the skin heals and is free of pain.