Do people who often love outdoor sports have the experience of being tortured by blisters? When I climbed the mountain last week, I also deeply realized the power of blisters. For me who just started to love hiking, this experience really added a difference to travel According to my experience, picking blisters on my feet during the journey is really a bad idea. Although it is not painful, it also increases the chance of infection. This article will introduce to you how blisters are produced and how to avoid their formation, please follow me to take a look!
How do blisters develop while hiking?
There are two necessary conditions for the growth of blisters on the feet: moisture and friction. There is hiking on the road. You may trot, walk, kick rocks, step on shrubs, and your feet are always moving during the hike. Some movements are external, such as your foot hitting the ground, the harder the ground, the more severe the impact, and some movements are internal, where the foot rubs against the footwear, and the harder the footwear, the greater the friction. This can lead to blisters.
What's inside the blister?
The skin is composed of soft cells. Due to constant friction, the water in the cells will condense and form blisters, and friction and impact will cause the rupture of the blisters, so the blisters are easier to grow on the soles of the feet, on the heel.
How can we prevent blisters from forming while hiking?
1. petroleum jelly on the feet can reduce skin friction and reduce friction and heat generation. This thing helps to keep the feet dry, reduces friction, and prevents blisters.
2. Bring a few more pairs of socks and change them every ten kilometers to keep your feet dry and cool. Socks are very important because socks can reduce the friction between your feet and shoes. Cotton socks are more prone to blistering than nylon socks. The material of socks is preferably polypropylene or other new synthetic fibers, which can keep feet dry and dry better than wool or cotton products, thereby reducing the chance of blisters. Remember, you must wear socks on long walks on foot.
3. If your feet suffer from frequent blisters, consider applying a blister plaster to the areas where the blisters are common. It is made of a hydrocolloid material, the texture is very soft, it is self-adhesive, and has an ultra-thin design, it is not easy to fall off even when exercising, and it is very convenient and comfortable to use. It also has the ability to target different parts of the foot Features The products are designed in different shapes. It is best to soak your feet in warm water before going to bed the night before hiking to promote local blood circulation. You can also massage the soles of your feet by yourself, and then apply body lotion on the protruding parts of the soles. wipe. When not wearing shoes, pay attention to keeping the shoes dry and ventilated.
4. In addition, when hiking outdoors, you must pay attention to the tightness of the shoelaces. When going uphill, the shoelaces should be looser than usual, because our feet will push forward when going uphill; when going downhill, the shoelaces can be looser than usual. Relatively tight, because the toes will loosen down as you go downhill.
What to do if you get blisters?
1、If there are already blisters, observe the size of the blisters. Blisters with a diameter of less than 5 mm do not need to be punctured. At this time, the most important thing is not to break the skin of the blisters. Breaking them will not only make the pain worse but also cause infection. Here is a way to deal with it: cut a hole in the center of the band-aid that is the same size and shape as the blister, stick it on the blister, so that the surrounding of the blister is flattened, and then seal a hole on the blister and the surface of the band-aid where the hole was cut. Layer a Band-Aid so the blister doesn't get rubbed anymore.
2. For larger blisters with a diameter of more than 5 mm, the pain is unbearable, so drain the fluid accumulated in the affected area to relieve the pressure caused by the blisters. The standard method is: first wash the affected area with disinfectant alcohol, then use a disposable blood collection needle to pierce a small hole at the edge of the blister, and gently squeeze out the liquid in the blister. Then apply disinfectant. Finally, apply blister plaster. It can provide the wound with a slightly acidic airtight space that is conducive to wound healing. It can speed up wound healing and relieve pain. It is also waterproof to prevent foreign microbial infection. It should be noted that, do not cut off the bubble skin.
3. If the blister has been broken to form an open wound, it should be disinfected, bandaged, and blister plaster should be attached.
4. The liquid in the blisters will be slowly absorbed by the skin after a long time. Most blisters will be fully absorbed within one to two weeks. After the new skin grows, the old skin falls off automatically. It usually heals on its own without special care.
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Editor: kiki Jia
Date: January 16, 2023