Avoiding and Treating Blisters

They may not sound like much, but a blister can severely affect your athletic performance. If you get one in the wrong spot it may persist for a long time, and getting rid of it may be difficult.

Cause

Blisters commonly occur on the feet or legs, and are caused by friction from shoes or clothing that continually rub on the same area for an extended period. At the spot that the rubbing occurs, the outer layer of skin separates from the inner layers, and the space between the layers fills with fluid.

Prevention

The best way to prevent blisters is make sure clothing and shoes fit properly. If you buy a new pair of shoes, gradually wear them in with short walks or runs before using them for an extended period. Wearing well cushioned socks, with good absorbent qualities, will prevent the feet getting moist with sweat and will cushion between the hard surface of the shoes and the skin.

Treatment

If you feel blisters coming on, applying a few plaster strips can help them from getting worse. Once the blister is fully formed, the fluid in the blister should be released by applying a small cut to the skin, and allowed to drain and dry.

Disclaimer

The above information is presented as a general guide. The author and publisher take no responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, action or application of medication based on this information. See more: Disclaimer.