Blisters are your body’s way of saying it had enough, and I learned that the hard way.
Just a few days ago I decided to stick with walking as my primary no rocket science brainer approach to weight loss and building lean muscle because I had had enough with exercises that made parts of my body sore especially my neck.
My goal was to walk at least 6,000 steps per day.
It was cruel, judging from the fact that I had only been walking 2,000 steps on my best days!😉.
Anyway, being a big head, I jumped straight into the 6,000 steps per day no prior warning or warm up to my body, the wrong move!
A blister much like a muscle cramp or side stitch is designed to slow you down and better prepare you for more physical activities.
In some cases, blisters result from the painful rigor of breaking in a new pair of badly fitted shoes or spending too much time with the garden rake.
But at the same time, blisters can be viewed as a badge of initiation.
A sign of you trying something new that hopefully is worth the added efforts and pain!.
Blisters initiate the new walker, racquetball player, or cyclist. different sports create blisters on different parts of the body, though the foot remains the site of great abuse.
the remedies offered here, however, are primarily for blisters of the feet, but it can be also be applied for the treatment of blisters caused by friction on the hand or any part of the body.
Here are some expert ideas on ways you can ease the discomfort
- once you have a blister, you have to decide if it will be best to prick it or not, whether you should protect it or leave it be. You could prick it to drain the fluid or not. personally, I think it depends on the size of the blister. some people may tell you not to prick because you may run a risk of an infection, but if you are anything like me, that just ain’t practical!. Nevertheless, in my opinion, when you have a blister in a weight-bearing area, you almost have to drain it. however, note that they are most likely to swell like a balloon and POP on their own, YUCK!.
- One way to protect a tender blister without draining it is by cutting a moleskin patch into the shape of a doughnut and placing it over the blister. the surrounding moleskin will absorb most of the shock and friction of everyday activities. As long as the skin is clean and dry, the moleskin will adhere.
- For those however who wish to drain, the first thing to do is to clean surrounding areas and sterilize your instruments, whether its a pin, razor blade or imaginary lazars. you can use alcohol to even flame to do so, either way, be sure the germs on it are killed.
- After dealing with the fluid in a blister, one of the mistake a lot of people are guilty of making, including me, is peeling the roof off. that is the skin that goes over the top of the blister. this is a terrible mistake! if you remove it you are going to end up with a very red sore area, but if you leave it on no matter how tempting it is to do the opposite, it will eventually harden and fall off on its own. significantly reducing recovery time.
- after you’ve treated your blister, you still need to keep it protected while it heals. use a flexible fabric adhesive strip but be sure it is sterile. or you can just use a band-aid since it’s a ready-made sterile band.
- if you find that you just can’t wait till the cover skin falls off and so you went right on and yanked it out, you can use a second skin to help if you have an active lifestyle and are impatient to get back to it. you can apply petroleum jelly to it before adding on the second skin. however, be sure to remove the dressing at night so you could air out your sores and promote healing.
Now on AnT, no topic, especially in the health and beauty segments, are complete without preventive methods being discussed. however to save reading time and the amount of energy I expend typing this down ( I’m quite lazy if you haven’t noticed by now😊) I will give you just a few of the preventive measures I take to make sure I don’t get those annoying blisters
- Blisters that appear at the back of the foot usually result from the shoe’s heel counter hitting the back of the heel at the wrong place. to solve this all you need to do is to put in a heel lift at the back of the shoe.
- make powdering your feet part of your daily beauty rituals. shoes may fit perfectly but they can still give you blisters, you can start by applying baby powder to your feet before putting on socks. oh, and for the socks part, it will actually do you more good to wear socks as often as possible. but for our stiletto lovers who’d look silly wearing socks in a covered toe kind should try this little hack
stiletto sock hack
for covered toe stilettos, the place you’d most likely blister is around your toe area, so to prevent friction causing blisters I take a pair of micro stockings and I do two things to them depending on the kind of shoe I’m wearing.
for a stiletto A: I wear the socks from the toes but instead of slipping my feet through it completely, I twist it in the middle, then place the other end on my heel to make the socks invisible.
for stiletto B: I simply cut out the areas visible after it had been worn in a shoe and tested then I hem the edges.
- the next thing you could do before making plans on going for a long walk, run, or tennis. is to coat blister prone areas with petroleum jelly, this will cut down the friction.
- try new socks for new shoes. try getting acrylic socks because they are made in layers and are designed to absorb friction so your foot doesn’t.
so this is it guys, my tip on how to fight those blisters when they pop up.
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