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Keeping Your Feet Blister Free While Running

There's nothing quite like the feeling of hitting the pavement for a run. But if you're not careful, those pesky blisters can quickly put a damper on your fun. Luckily, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your feet happy and blister-free. So don't let a little discomfort keep you from enjoying your favorite activity - get out there and enjoy the run!

What is a blister?

Wounds come in all shapes and sizes, but blisters are a type of wound that is caused by damage to the skin. Blisters can be caused by friction, burns, chemicals, or other types of injuries, and they typically form on the hands, feet, or lips. If you have a blister, it's important to take care of it properly to prevent infection.

Blisters are a common skin condition that can occur anywhere on the body. They can be small or large and usually heal independently without any medical treatment. However, blisters can become infected if they are not cleaned and covered; if an infection occurs, it may require antibiotics.

If you have a large blister or one that is deep, it may trap fluid under the skin. If this blister breaks open or leaks, the fluid under the skin could become infected.

What causes a blister?

A variety of things can cause blisters, but the most common cause is friction. When your skin rubs against something, it can create tiny tears in the surface of your skin. These tears allow fluid to seep into the spaces between the layers of your skin, and this is what we know as a blister.

Preventing Blisters

There's no denying that hot, sweaty summer days can be pretty miserable when you're dealing with blisters. However, there are a few easy things you can do to help prevent them:

Wear well-fitting shoes - This might seem obvious, but it's something many people overlook. Shoes that are too loose or too tight can cause them to rub and in turn cause blisters.

Wear moisture-wicking socks - Socks that fit well and wick away moisture help to prevent blisters. Blisters are more likely to form if there is excess moisture surrounding your feet so its important to keep them as dry as possible.

You could also wear blister plasters to prevent blisters forming in areas that have been rubbing on your feet. You can also use moleskin. Moleskin is a soft pad that sticks to the skin and prevents rubbing against the inside of the shoe.

Treating blisters

If you find yourself with a blister, it is best not to Pop it. Popping the blister will only make the situation worse and increase the chances of infection. Instead, apply antibiotic ointment to the area and cover it with a plaster. Leave it be and let it heal on its own.

If you have had a blister for more than two weeks, it is important to see a podiatrist. They will be able to determine if the blister is infected and give you specific advice on how to deal with it.

*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.

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