As a runner, there’s a good chance you could experience the unfortunate and painful development of blisters. Blisters form as a result of friction between your skin and another surface, such as the inside of your shoe, or even a seam on your sock. This friction causes a tear within the upper layers of the skin, although the surface remains intact. Fluid then seeps into the space beneath the surface of the skin.
Blisters can make life difficult for a runner. The best way to battle blisters is to prevent them from happening in the first place. But, even if you’re extremely careful, you might still end up getting one. Once a blister develops, it’s important to properly care for it.
There are a few approaches you can take to treating a blister:
Leave it alone. If the blister is not causing you any serious pain, it’s best to leave it alone. As long as the skin remains intact, it will help to prevent the blister from becoming infected. Eventually, the blister will most likely break and drain on its own.
Drain it. If the blister becomes painful, draining it could help to alleviate some of the pain. To drain it, use a disinfected needle to gently pierce the blister. Carefully press the fluid toward the small opening you’ve made, then wash the blister thoroughly and apply an antibiotic ointment to help it heal more quickly.
Seek treatment. If the blister continues to give you problems or you feel unsure about treating it yourself, do not hesitate to seek professional medical treatment.
It’s not unusual for runners to experience foot or ankle problems. If you’re dealing with an issue that’s getting in the way of your running routine, a Santa Fe active foot specialist at Foot and Ankle Associates can help you get back on track. Call us today at 505-982-0123 to schedule an appointment.
Posted on 11/19/2012 at 12:00:00 AM