With less than four weeks until the Cane2Coral, have you considered how you will manage a blister?
If you are a regular runner then you have probably encountered a blister or two and know how to prevent and manage one.
You might be a regular walker or runner but perhaps pushing yourself that bit further on the day? In which case, you may encounter a blister.
Weather conditions may change and your feet may become wet or sweaty, predisposing you to a blister.
It’s not too late to prepare your feet and reduce your blister risk – here are a few tips;
1. JOGGERS – Don’t buy new joggers for the Cane2Coral – wear your tried and trusted ones. If you have new joggers, allow plenty of time (weeks/months) to wear them in.
2. SOCKS – wear your favourites. Don’t buy new.
3. TOENAILS – Ensure your toenails are short and filed at the edges to prevent pressure on adjacent toes and trauma from pressure.
4. CALLOUSES – Ensure any callouses are filed down with a pumice stone. Callus is your body’s response to friction but at the same time they provide a certain amount of protection to friction prone areas. Removing them at this stage could cause further problems.
5. LACE TECHNIQUE – Ensure you have chosen a lace technique according to foot type (try one of these techniques).
- Wear a gel silicone toe sleeve on friction prone areas or where adjacent toe rubbing occurs.
- Wear blister patches on areas prone to friction and rubbing.
- Taping toes to reduce rubbing is a good idea (band aids can come loose and cause a blister).
7. FLIP FLOPS – Bring a pair of flip flops to go home in, after all, you may still end up with a blister, plus, it’s always good to kick off those shoes!
8. See your podiatrist on MONDAY MORNING, if you are concerned about a blister. It’s not always advisable to pop a blister yourself.
To make an appointment with our podiatrist Claire Barrand, telephone the Friendlies Physiotherapy Service on 4331 1888.