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Blisters

Discussion in 'Common Training Injuries' started by browner467, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. browner467

    browner467 Valuable Contributor

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    What is the best way to treat blisters? Should they be left with a compeed plaster applied or drained and covered?

    I keep getting them on the inside of both my feet when running, I originally thought it was my shoes so had a gait analysis carried out and now have running shoes which have been recommend by a specialist. I tend to just run through it, more annoying than annoying but I don’t want to it to continue being a persistent problem.
     
  2. Chelonian

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    The soles of your feet or the sides of your feet?
     
  3. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    Prevention is best. Zinkers or leuko tape over the prone areas. Think about how you layer and overlap tape in terms of direction of friction so the motion of your foot moving in your trainer just peel it off mid run.

    When you have the time to recover and keep it clean, I usually get a sterile needle and make two holes in it to allow air flow and drain the blister. Leave the skin on if possible. Cover and dress if necessary.

    In the field where risk or infection is higher compeed is a god send.
     
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  4. browner467

    browner467 Valuable Contributor

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    Sides of both feet.
     
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    browner467 Valuable Contributor

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    Thanks for the input mate
     
  6. Apex

    Apex Former RM Commando

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    Prevention is better than cure. I found that wearing a thin pair of socks under my issued socks worked well as it dissapates the friction which causes the heat which causes the blisters. Tape up the ‘hot' spots where you commonly get blisters then put some zinc oxide tape on there. I remember years ago blokes used to harden their feet by soaking them in meth spirts, although I dare say the H&S brigade would have a cannery at that suggestion now!
    Savlon works well for speeding up healing and washing your trotters at least 4 times a day, if possible let air circulate around your feet at night.
     
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  7. browner467

    browner467 Valuable Contributor

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    Ideal thank you
     
  8. Chelonian

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    Research different lacing patterns. Plenty of online resources. A standard lacing pattern might be causing irregular 'hot spots' particularly if your feet are broad.
     
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    Can over-tightening your laces cause blisters? Original thought was that they weren’t tight enough, causing friction.
     
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    Laces should comfortably secure a properly sized shoe without compressing the foot and feeling tight.
     
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    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    Echo that. I wore a thin running sock under pussers sock in the jungle as I wasn't the biggest fan of the jungle boots initially. Worked a treat!
     
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  12. Apex

    Apex Former RM Commando

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    As usual great advice from Rob. We used to have foot inspections after the first few yomps and the medic would be poised to scalpel blisters.
    There are a million and one ways to deal with blisters, I dont know what the official text book way of dealing with them but if a Marine can’t sort his own blisters out and needs to go sick then what is the rest of his personal admin going to be like? I used to sterilise a needle via boiling water or flame and then insert the needle into the good skin alongside the blister and easily push it into the fluid of the blister. Remove needle, press on blister and get the fluid out. Then two pairs of socks after applying the area with antiseptic. But I’m very out of date and please run it by the medic types on here.
     
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    On the topic of laces, do you lace your running trainers with the runner/ racers loop at the top of the shoe? Allows you to keep the shoe secure around the ankle whilst being able to free up the laces down the show if being too tight is potentially the problem?

    Be careful not to do the loop too tight though. I overdid it and my right foot went tingly at around mile 5, thought i was running on sand on my right foot ha!
     
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  14. Chelonian

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    How to 'lock' laces (also known as Runners' Loop) and other lacing tips here:

     
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    All great advice.


    Just remember to watch out for signs of infection – these include swelling, redness surrounding the blister, yellow/green discharge from the wound (not to be confused with normal transparent yellowish fluid you might expect from a blister) increase in pain and excessive heat from the area. Should you notice any of these don’t hesitate to get checked out
     
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    Thanks for the advice fellas, all taken on board.
     
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