5/10/2017 Blister Prevention & Treatment
We spend so much time and energy encouraging people to become active, but we forgot to warn you of one major downfall of some of our favorite summertime exercises. A consequence so horrible that it can ruin the race day you’ve been training all summer for-yes, it’s that bad. It’s a consequence so terrible that most people prevent it, so they never have to endure the pain. That’s right folks, with all of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, physical activity and being outside you can get ---BLISTERS!!
We LOVE biking and running in Erie, you could say they are two of our favorite activities here at Let’s Move Outside! But with hard work comes hard skin, and sometimes blisters accompany us. How can blisters be so painful, so hindering when they are so small? Even the toughest of the tough limp a little during a race if they have blisters on their feet. Today’s post is going to address how to prevent them, how to treat them and how to finish your exercise even if you have them.
Blisters are caused by friction, usually increased friction brought on by your socks or your shoes. Factors that can increase the risk of developing blisters are anything that intensifies the rubbing against your skin including poor fitting shoes, a faster than normal running/biking pace and even foot abnormalities. Dry skin also increases the likelihood that a blister will occur.
How you can prevent blisters:
· Wear shoes & socks that fit
· Use skin creams & lotion to keep skin moisture levels up
· Use Second Skin, bandages or tape to cover areas prone to blistering
· Blister-free socks are available to purchase at most outfitters
Blisters are areas of fluid build-up underneath the skin that is exposed to friction. If you do experience blisters there are effective ways to deal with them and get back to being outside and active.
How you can treat blisters:
· If you have a smaller blister leave it intact, puncturing it could let bacteria into your body and lead to potential infections. Cover the blister with moleskin and gauze and the blister will dry out and heal on its own.
· For large blisters- you have to drain them. If you do not they will cause pain and could puncture on their own. You’ll need to sterilize the blister, puncture it, drain the fluid out and cover it well to keep bacteria out. Sounds fun doesn’t it? We think prevention sounds more enjoyable!
· If you’re uncertain at ALL about the process, seek guidance from an experienced family member or even a physician, your health is important!
While we support consistent and frequent outdoor physical activity, we also support your healthy and speedy recovery. Prevention and treatment of common injuries such as blisters are educational topics we believe are practical to be well-versed in. You never know when one might occur!