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Susan R asked the question in Stretching & Recovery

Blisters

I have a couple of hideous blisters from yesterday's marathon walk, any suggestions on how to prevent them in the future & cure them quickly so I can get running again asap?

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How to Prevent Blisters Difficulty: AverageTime Required: 5 minutes Here's How:
  1. Buy shoes with adequate room in the toe box and good fit in the heel.
  2. Wear wicking socks of CoolMax or polypropylene.
  3. Coat areas of foot prone to blister with a blister/chafing prevention agent such as BodyGlide, Runners Lube, petroleum jelly.
  4. Or use the cornstarch shake-and-bake method - put some cornstarch in a plastic bag and coat your dry foot with it before putting on your sock. The cornstarch both reduces friction and draws away moisture. Repeat each hour or two of walking.
  5. For areas already raw or very prone to blister, cover with a gel bandage containing Compeed or with moleskin.
  6. Stop whenever you feel a hot spot developing and cover the area with moleskin, sport tape, or a Compeed Band-Aid.
Tips:
  1. Band-Aid Blister bandages with Compeed can be found in the foot care section, not the bandage section, of the drug store.
  2. Your walking shoes should be a size to a size and a half larger than your dress shoes.
  3. BodyGlide, Runners Lube and similar products can be found in running shoe and gear stores.
  4. Cornstarch is dirt cheap and can be found in the baking section of the supermarket.
What You Need:
  • Socks of wicking fabric
  • BodyGlide
  • Blister bandages
  • Sports tape
  • Cornstarch

Treatment or Cure for Blisters:

If you already have a blister and it's not painful, just leave it alone, since the skin serves as protection. It will eventually break and the fluid will drain. If the blister is painful, then you should boil a needle for 5-10 minutes in water and once cool, carefully pierce the blister. Press the fluid out and use an antiseptic cream on it. Cover the area with a product such Band-Aid Blister Block or moleskin to protect against infection and provide cushioning.

If you're running in a race, such as a marathon, and you develop a painful blister, stop at one of the medical stations. They'll be able to treat your blister and hopefully get you back in the race, running pain-free.

Sports-iqgold Suyash B answered Comment

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quickest cure is pop them with a needle and throw some aftershave on 2 or 3 times over 15 mins, hurts like hell for about 15 secs but tomorrow the skin will be hard

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Prevention is better than a cure, I removed the skin from both heels whilst mountian climbing, about the area of a credit card. Do not use cheap brands, they suck. Compeed works. So does soaking your feet in rubbing alcohol. Saying that Suyash B has a point on having the right kit that fits is the best prep and hardening up you feet is to use them.

Compeed hint: read the instructions for removal

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Thank you so much for your help. I think from reading the advice I may need new trainers. The blister on the inside of my heel was bigger than the size of an of the Compeed plasters I could find. I will definitely try either the cornstarch or the bodyglide on my next long run as prevention is definitely better than cure.

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I train in my bare feet for kickboxing and had bad blisters on the bottom of my toes from rubbing on the mats. Tip I was given was to rub my feet in Vicks Vapor (Stuff u use on your chest when u have a cold )  It works in preventing blisters  ! 

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