How to Deal with Blisters (part 2)
If you are a runner, you will probably get a blister or a callus at some point if time. Both are caused by friction. Friction causes hot spots on the skin, that will literally cook the soft tissue.
Callused skin can also contribute to blisters. The hardened skin of the callus is generally not going to blister. But the very soft, (subcutaneous tissue under the blister), certainly will blister! The hardened skin of the callus, creates pressure-points and potential friction, similar to having debris in your shoe, or a sock that is "bunched-up" inside your shoe.
Medical treatment for blisters deep below a callous, can be challenging, and very painful. It is always best to keep callouses from developing. So don't learn this lesion the hard way.the hard way!
Preventive measures will be helpful for good foot health.
1. Shoes that fit your feet properly.
2. Sock that is moisture-wicking, and contoured to match the shape of your foot.
3. Clean feet, are essential for good foot health. Wash them daily.
4. Exfoliate dead skin and calluses, with a foot file, pumice stones, or exfoliating cream.
After filing down the callus, using a moisturizer can help keep the skin soft.
5. Pedicure Professionals are not just for getting your nails polished. A good pedicure is a great way to maintain healthy feet,with additional attention given to callused feet. Guys, get a pedicure with your wife or girlfriend... It will be fun for both of you.
Products are available now at Inside Out Sports, that work really well to reduce friction:
● Body Glide 1.5oz. $9.99 (Thick viscosity paste- Great for areas where body heat and friction is greatest)
● 2Toms Blistershield $12.99 (Medium viscosity- Good for most areas where body heat and friction are problematic)
● 2Toms Sport Shield Roll-on $12.99 (Thin viscosity- Easy to apply. Good for most areas where body heat and friction are problematic)
● TriSlide Spray-on $14.99 (Very thin viscosity- easy, and quick to apply. Good for areas where friction is not harsh, but needs attention)
NOTE: This is typically used for swimming and wet suits. I have also used it successfully in areas where clothes or shoes have friction)
Next week we will talk about (when, where and how), to apply these products.