Annoying and painful, blisters are caused by friction, usually, your shoes or socks are rubbed against your skin. Anything that intensifies the rub can start a blister, including fast movements, poorly fitting shoes, and foot abnormalities such as bunions, heel nerves, and hammers. Poor blisters, and improper blister treatment, can cut down on your training. During race preparation and racing, proper blister treatment — including prevention — is prominent.
Additionally, heat and moisture, which can swell your feet, can also increase friction. This explains why many of us only suffer blisters during races, especially marathons, during which you sweat more, run faster and longer, and pass through aid stations.
The body responds to this friction by producing fluid, which rubs the underside of the skin, causing pressure and pain. When friction is so bad that it ruptures the small blood vessels, it causes blisters in the blood.
While most blisters do not pose a serious health risk, they should be treated with respect. A painful blister can circumvent a runner, but more importantly, a blister can also become infected. And those infections can put you in the hospital.
Many people will pop a blister with a dirty needle, and the area will become infected. Then, suddenly, you have a serious problem.
How To Prevent Running Blister?
If you have a large, painful blister, let it dry. If you don’t empty it, your blister will hurt, and it may puncture on its own.
To eliminate the blister, wash your hands, then wipe a needle with alcohol to sterilize it. “Do not put the needle in a flame; You will find carbon particles in your skin, carbon can further aggravate the wound.
Once you have perforated the blister, carefully remove the liquid by gently pushing it with your fingers near the hole. Then cover the blister with a clean, clean bandage to prevent bacteria from coming in.
You can periodically take the bandage and soak your foot in Epsom salts (follow the package instructions) to remove the fluid. After soaking, dry the skin thoroughly, and place it on a fresh bandage. “It’s a good idea to keep a bandage until the skin tightens again”
If you have a small blister that is not bothering you, keep it intact. The skin acts as a protective covering over a sterile environment. Also, if the amount of fluid is small and you try to pop it, you can cause additional problems by bleeding it. Also, discard small blood blisters. Otherwise, you risk having bacteria in your bloodstream.
For small blisters, cut a blister-shaped hole in the middle of a piece of molluskin, then place it on top of the blister and cover it with gauze. The blister will dry up and heal on its own.
A blister under a nail is best treated by a professional. If it is below the base of the token, we take an electric file and drill a hole.
While it is good to know what to do with a blister once you have it, it is better to stop before it starts. Here are some expert tips to prevent your blisters.
Hydrate your feet
Like sweaty skin, dry skin also suffers more from friction. Use skin creams and lotions daily to maintain proper moisture and skin barrier function.
Choose right socks
Synthetic socks remove moisture from the skin. Cotton may be lighter, but it retains fluid. Socks with reinforced heel and toes also help reduce friction.
Run with slick skin
Before running, coat your feet with Vaseline or any other lubricant. Or try another skin, a padded tape that stays on even when wet. Both methods form a protective shield between your skin and the sock.
Get the best fit
Shoes that are too small will produce blisters under the toes and at the ends of the toes. There should be a thumb width between the toes and between the end of the toe. Your socks should also fit smoothly, with no extra fabric on the toes or heel.