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One of the foot problems we come across most frequently is blisters. If you’ve been training for the Bridge Fest race in Houston, then you’ve most likely had your fair share. Runners seem to suffer from these annoying little bubbles more often than others, but here’s what you need to know to keep your feet pain free so that you can give it your all the day of the big race.
Treating these sores at home is relatively simple. However, we recommend that you don’t try to pop a blister on your own as they can get infected easily. Covering the blister with a loose piece of gauze will help with the pain, and also catch anything that drains. If the afflicted area is on the top of the foot, just keeping it clean and covered will be enough. If it’s on your toes you might want to try a toe separator to keep them from rubbing against each other. The worst place for one of these to pop up is on the bottom of your foot. If this happens, you may want to stop running for a few days and let it heal.
Prevention is the best way to stay on course. The three main causes of blisters are heat, moisture, and friction so it’s important to lower the risk of these conditions. Wearing socks that wick away moisture is something to consider. You could also try using powder on your feet to keep them dry. Using tape on areas that get excessively hot or rub against your footwear can also be very effective in keeping your feet blister-free.
If you have questions about the health of your feet, give Dr. Marco Vargas and Dr. Joyce Lee a call at 888-784-5335 or book an appointment online. At Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston or Sugar Land, we can answer all of your questions about blister treatment and any other concerns you might have about your feet. Call today, so you can race tomorrow.