Blisters are very common when we go on long hikes, runs, or other physical activities. Blisters not only cause us pain but also affect our activity schedule.
Why do running blisters appear?
Due to running, the skin of the feet rubs against the shoes for a long time. In addition, the feet will sweat after exercise, which can easily lead to the appearance of blisters. The formed vesicle is a small water bag formed by the accumulation of abnormal interstitial fluid between the outer and inner layers of the skin. The shear force generated by sports friction causes the epidermis to separate from the subcutaneous tissue to form a gap, which is filled with fluid.
Here are some suggestions on how to prevent blisters on your feet:
1. Wear the right shoes :
Choosing the right pair of shoes is key to preventing blisters. Determine your foot shape and length, and choose a pair of comfortable, high-quality shoes. Shoes ideally fit the shape of your foot while still providing adequate support and cushioning.
2. Pack more socks before exercise
Wearing dry, breathable socks can reduce the chance of chafing and blisters. Bring plenty of socks to reduce the heat on your feet.
3. Use blister plasters:
Putting it on the part of the foot that is prone to friction can reduce the friction between the foot skin and the shoe. It is made of a hydrocolloid material, has a soft and smooth texture, and has strong self-adhesiveness. It is easy to fall off, so it can be pasted in advance before exercise to reduce the chance of being worn out and blisters.
4. Stretch before exercise:
Before starting physical activity, performing a series of foot movements such as turning, stretching, bending, etc. can help increase the stability and flexibility of the foot. This prevents foot injuries caused by incorrect foot movements.
5. use waterproof running shoes
Some running shoes are designed with a waterproof material that can be used in wet and rainy conditions. Try to choose running shoes like this, and the breathability can prevent the inside of the shoe from overheating. Such shoes ensure that your feet stay dry, reducing the chance of chafing and blisters.
6. take proper protection
In conclusion, the best way to prevent blisters is to keep your feet dry, use proper shoes and socks, and practice the correct foot exercises and protection. These measures will help reduce friction and the possibility of blisters, allowing you to perform physical activity comfortably.
What should I do if I get blisters?
Normal blisters with a diameter of less than 5 mm do not need to be treated, and the skin will slowly absorb them. If the diameter of the blister exceeds 5 mm, it needs to be punctured. Here are the steps on how to deal with large blisters:
Blister treatment equipment:
The composition of the blister needle set: a sterile needle, iodophor cotton swabs (2 pcs), a bag of sterile cotton swabs (4 pcs), blister plaster (1 stick)
First, use an iodophor cotton swab to clean the blister and the surrounding skin, then use a sterile needle to puncture along the edge of the blister, then use a sterile cotton swab to squeeze the edge of the blister to let the liquid inside flow out, and finally paste blister plaster, which can It provides the wound with a slightly acidic airtight space that is conducive to wound healing. At the same time, its soft texture can also relieve pain. It is very suitable for long-term sports enthusiasts.
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Editor: kiki Jia
Date: March 13, 2023