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The Best Ways to Prevent Blisters

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BlisterSo you might be good at resolving friction among others. Perhaps you prevented a skirmish at the last City Islanders game, or kept your last big family gathering from ending up with Uncle Ned sleeping outside again. To prevent blisters on your feet, however, you need to know how to avoid friction with yourself.

A blister is a natural reaction to protect the skin against the harmful effects of friction. If you see one, you know there is likely a problem that needs to be addressed. Of course, if you find and take care of these problems beforehand, you might never get a blister to begin with.

The first place to look should always be your shoes and socks. Make sure the shoes you have fit properly, which means being neither too tight or too loose. Your shoes should also be designed for the activities you engage. They should be flexible, durable, and water-resistant enough according to the job.

For socks, look for seamless, moisture-wicking materials that keep your feet dry and don’t have knotty bits that can rub up against your feet. Some active individuals will double up on their socks, wearing two pairs for added cushioning. It’s worth experimenting, but not everyone will find this route comfortable. If you have certain areas you know cause trouble, placing a patch or even some cheap paper tape from the drugstore can provide enough of a barrier to prevent blisters from forming.

Unfortunately, a setup that may work for preventing blisters in one situation may not be the best for another. If you have blisters that keep returning, however, then it’s time to call Martin Foot and Ankle at (717) 757-3537. We can help you find advanced solutions to keep your feet clear and comfortable. Our offices in Hanover, York, Lancaster, and Lititz, PA are ready to hear from you.
Dr. Rick F. Martin
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