Are Painful Blisters Slowing You Down?
The woes of a dedicated runner pounding the pavement for countless miles a week can be many. If you are a longer distance runner, blisters can be a frustrating and uncomfortable foot injury that can really slow you down.
Dallas, TX foot specialists, Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt treat athletes and runners on a regular basis. There are many reasons for why runners come hobbling into our podiatric office. Often, some simple preventative measures can make a big difference in keeping blisters from developing.
Tips for Preventing Blisters
Blisters develop when your skin rubs against another surface. The constant friction causes a tear within the layers of your skin leaving a space for fluid to collect. The bottom line is to prevent blisters, you need to remove the friction. Here are some easy tips that will keep your feet safe:
- Pick the right shoes for your feet. Ensure that there is a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Shoes that are too tight or narrow will cause blisters on the tops of your toes and shoes that are too loose may cause them on the tips of your toes.
- Don’t underestimate the power of good socks. Choose socks made of properties that wick away moisture and that are the right thickness to fit your shoes comfortably.
- To help reduce friction, you can add a thin layer of petroleum jelly on areas of pressure. Some runners apply duct tape or moleskin on areas prone to blistering as well.
If you cannot seem to avoid getting blisters or need treatment for one that is not healing well on its own, please call us today. We can provide advice, treatment and get you back on the road in no time. Contact our podiatric offices in Dallas, TX (972) 566-7474 or Plano, TX (972) 943-3323.
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