22 Feb 2007 09:53:53
determined
best treatment for blister?

I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's hurting
alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is anything I
can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...

In other news... I have really really worked on slowing down and building
up my base. I am now regularly doing 4 mile runs in around 42 minutes, and
if time wasn't a factor, I'm pretty sure I could go alot longer. I need to
figure out a way to do a long run each week. It'll have to be on the
weekend when hubby can hold down the fort for a couple hours. Being able to
do 4+ miles and still feel like I have something left is a real breakthrough
for me. I believe it is part conditioning and part pacing myself.

The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain, knee
pain, etc.

Thanks to everyone again for your patient advice!




22 Feb 2007 18:04:41
MarkH
Re: best treatment for blister?

"determined" <[email protected] > wrote

> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and
> it's hurting alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am
> wondering if there is anything I can put on it to protect it.
> It will be raining for the race, and I was worried that the
> extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...

I treat blisters by draining them, but leaving the skin on. If I had
to run on it, and in a wet shoe no less, I'd be temped to protect it
with a piece of duct tape. You still might end up with a bit of
hamburger, but a 5K is short enough that the damage won't be too
gruesome.


22 Feb 2007 13:16:28
Quenton D Jones
Re: best treatment for blister?

I'm all about the duct tape as stated above. I usually don't even drain
them I just cover them with duct tape which protects them from further
aggravation.

You can also use mole skin, but duct tape is cheaper.


22 Feb 2007 12:49:03
runsrealfast
Re: best treatment for blister?

On Feb 22, 10:53 am, "determined" <[email protected] > wrote:
> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's hurting
> alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is anything I
> can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
> worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>
> In other news... I have really really worked on slowing down and building
> up my base. I am now regularly doing 4 mile runs in around 42 minutes, and
> if time wasn't a factor, I'm pretty sure I could go alot longer. I need to
> figure out a way to do a long run each week. It'll have to be on the
> weekend when hubby can hold down the fort for a couple hours. Being able to
> do 4+ miles and still feel like I have something left is a real breakthrough
> for me. I believe it is part conditioning and part pacing myself.
>
> The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
> without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain, knee
> pain, etc.
>
> Thanks to everyone again for your patient advice!


I think Dr. scholls makes something specifically for blisters. Don't
know how well it will work during running but i'm sure it would be ok
for everyday activities.

John



22 Feb 2007 18:13:26
Doug Freese
Re: best treatment for blister?


"MarkH" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> "determined" <[email protected]> wrote
>
>> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and
>> it's hurting alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am
>> wondering if there is anything I can put on it to protect it.
>> It will be raining for the race, and I was worried that the
>> extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>
> I treat blisters by draining them, but leaving the skin on. If I had
> to run on it, and in a wet shoe no less, I'd be temped to protect it
> with a piece of duct tape. You still might end up with a bit of
> hamburger, but a 5K is short enough that the damage won't be too
> gruesome.

I agree drain it and leave the skin. I cringe at the thought of duct
tape unless there is a gauze covering the blister so you don't pull the
skin off at the end of race. For a 5k, a band aide with some tape, like
Johnson&Johnson should hold. Once you drain it the you won't notice it
as long as the skin stays on.

-D




22 Feb 2007 23:37:12
MarkH
Re: best treatment for blister?

"Doug Freese" <[email protected] > wrote

>
> "MarkH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> "determined" <[email protected]> wrote
>>
>>> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and
>>> it's hurting alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am
>>> wondering if there is anything I can put on it to protect it.
>>> It will be raining for the race, and I was worried that the
>>> extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>>
>> I treat blisters by draining them, but leaving the skin on. If
>> I had to run on it, and in a wet shoe no less, I'd be temped to
>> protect it with a piece of duct tape. You still might end up
>> with a bit of hamburger, but a 5K is short enough that the
>> damage won't be too gruesome.
>
> I agree drain it and leave the skin. I cringe at the thought of
> duct tape unless there is a gauze covering the blister so you
> don't pull the skin off at the end of race. For a 5k, a band
> aide with some tape, like Johnson&Johnson should hold. Once you
> drain it the you won't notice it as long as the skin stays on.

I recommended duct tape because she said it would rain. I doubt a
band-aid, even with tape, would hold inside a soaked shoe. But
yea, the gauze bit goes without saying.



22 Feb 2007 17:54:57
D Stumpus
Re: best treatment for blister?


"determined" <[email protected] > wrote

>I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's hurting
>alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is anything
>I can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
>worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...

As stated below, draining (I use a pristine safety pin) is important.
Sometimes you have to drain it again if it refills. Leave skin alone.
Generally the foot heals up quickly if you don't have other circulatory
problems.

Question is, why there? Do you have a callous there? If so, you might try
sanding most of it off so that the skin is flexible, not thick and leathery.
Socks too loose and got into a bunch? Always a good idea to try and figure
out why the blister got there, and deal with the cause, too.

I find that athletic tape sprayed with surgical adhesive stays on pretty
well if you want to protect the area, and can be peeled slowly off without
removing skin. But you've got to be pretty hard-core to have that in the
medicine cabinet.

> The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
> without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain,
> knee pain, etc.

Excellent. Reducing the stress lets you bump up the miles...



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23 Feb 2007 07:40:37
Doug Freese
Re: best treatment for blister?


"Quenton D Jones" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> I'm all about the duct tape as stated above. I usually don't even
> drain them I just cover them with duct tape which protects them from
> further aggravation.

I don't get too many blisters anymore because I tape my feet before the
race with J&J tape. The layer of tape eliminates any changes of trail
memorabilia causing friction.

A layer of tape may help you but as long as there is fluid buildup it is
very uncomfortable. One pin prick and that discomfort literally goes
away.

-DF





23 Feb 2007 08:54:59
Miss Anne Thrope
Re: best treatment for blister?

"It will be raining for the race..."

Yeah, because God thinks joggers are annoying as Hell too.



24 Feb 2007 22:45:22
Phil M.
Re: best treatment for blister?

[email protected] wrote:

> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's
> hurting alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there
> is anything I can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the
> race, and I was worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will
> exacerbate it...

I found this in my running notes. I believe it came from the book,
"Fixing Your Feet: Prevention And Treatments for Athletes,"
http://tinyurl.com/26nfec.An excellent book on treating foot problems,
especially concerning endurance athletes. Sorry for the lengthy post.

Your goals should be 1) avoid infection, 2) minimize pain and
discomfort, 3) stop further blister enlargement, and 4) maximize
recovery. Even the worst blisters will heal in about 5 days if you use
Neosporin and cover it during the day and leave it uncovered to breathe
at night. But assuming you want to continue to run or use the elptical,
you'll need to treat the blister in order to reduce pressure and
friction as you train.

The most popular method of blister care, at least among runners and
hikers, uses moleskin to protect the blister. If the blister is intact,
cut a piece of moleskin about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch larger around than
the blister with a hole slightly larger than the blister in the center.
Press it on the skin around the blister and put an antibiotic ointment,
Bag Balm, or medicated Vaseline in the hole over the blister. The final
step is to tape a piece of gauze over the moleskin. Adding a piece of
adhesive knit or tape over the gauze will help hold it in place. The
larger the blister, the more the tape or moleskin should extend past its
edges.

If this method doesn't work and the blister continues to get worse,
you'll need to repair the blister before it enlarges or ruptures. Most
recommend draining the blister prior to applaying a dressing when it is
in a weight-bearing area and larger than 4/5 inch in diameter. There are
2 basic ways to drain a blister, one using a needle and the other using
a small, sharp scissors or nail clippers. Do not drain a blister when it
is blood-filled. Doing so creates the risk of a serious infection as
bacteria is easily introduced into the dermis layer of the skin and into
the blood system.

Use an alcohol wipe to clean the skin around the blister. Sterilize a
needle with a flame by heating with a match. Lance two to four puncture
holes in a row in the blister. Making a single large hole increases the
possibility of the blister roof shearing off as you continue to run
(eliptical in your case). Use pressure from your fingers to push out the
fluid. Blot the flid away with a tissue. Clean and dry the skin before
doing further blister care. The outer layer of dead skin should not be
removed.


26 Feb 2007 04:35:41
Re: best treatment for blister?

On Feb 22, 12:53 pm, "determined" <[email protected] > wrote:
> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's hurting
> alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is anything I
> can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
> worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>
> In other news... I have really really worked on slowing down and building
> up my base. I am now regularly doing 4 mile runs in around 42 minutes, and
> if time wasn't a factor, I'm pretty sure I could go alot longer. I need to
> figure out a way to do a long run each week. It'll have to be on the
> weekend when hubby can hold down the fort for a couple hours. Being able to
> do 4+ miles and still feel like I have something left is a real breakthrough
> for me. I believe it is part conditioning and part pacing myself.
>
> The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
> without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain, knee
> pain, etc.
>
> Thanks to everyone again for your patient advice!

What a fucking pussy! A blister? What's next "hangnail pain"?



26 Feb 2007 10:38:58
determined
Re: best treatment for blister?


<[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> On Feb 22, 12:53 pm, "determined" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's
>> hurting
>> alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is
>> anything I
>> can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
>> worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>>
>> In other news... I have really really worked on slowing down and
>> building
>> up my base. I am now regularly doing 4 mile runs in around 42 minutes,
>> and
>> if time wasn't a factor, I'm pretty sure I could go alot longer. I need
>> to
>> figure out a way to do a long run each week. It'll have to be on the
>> weekend when hubby can hold down the fort for a couple hours. Being able
>> to
>> do 4+ miles and still feel like I have something left is a real
>> breakthrough
>> for me. I believe it is part conditioning and part pacing myself.
>>
>> The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
>> without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain,
>> knee
>> pain, etc.
>>
>> Thanks to everyone again for your patient advice!
>
> What a fucking pussy! A blister? What's next "hangnail pain"?

Well, I do have an ingrown toenail. Does that count?




26 Feb 2007 15:26:44
shinypenny
Re: best treatment for blister?

On Feb 26, 1:38 pm, "determined" <[email protected] > wrote:
> <[email protected]> wrote in message
>
> news:[email protected]
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Feb 22, 12:53 pm, "determined" <[email protected]> wrote:
> >> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's
> >> hurting
> >> alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is
> >> anything I
> >> can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
> >> worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>
> >> In other news... I have really really worked on slowing down and
> >> building
> >> up my base. I am now regularly doing 4 mile runs in around 42 minutes,
> >> and
> >> if time wasn't a factor, I'm pretty sure I could go alot longer. I need
> >> to
> >> figure out a way to do a long run each week. It'll have to be on the
> >> weekend when hubby can hold down the fort for a couple hours. Being able
> >> to
> >> do 4+ miles and still feel like I have something left is a real
> >> breakthrough
> >> for me. I believe it is part conditioning and part pacing myself.
>
> >> The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
> >> without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain,
> >> knee
> >> pain, etc.
>
> >> Thanks to everyone again for your patient advice!
>
> > What a fucking pussy! A blister? What's next "hangnail pain"?
>
> Well, I do have an ingrown toenail. Does that count?- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

What happened with your 5K? Wasn't it this weekend? Or do I have the
dates wrong?

jen



28 Feb 2007 01:53:45
marathonman
Re: best treatment for blister?

On Feb 22, 12:53 pm, "determined" <[email protected] > wrote:
> I have a blister that is just behind the ball of my foot, and it's hurting
> alot! My first 5k is on Saturday, and I am wondering if there is anything I
> can put on it to protect it. It will be raining for the race, and I was
> worried that the extra moisture in my shoe will exacerbate it...
>
> In other news... I have really really worked on slowing down and building
> up my base. I am now regularly doing 4 mile runs in around 42 minutes, and
> if time wasn't a factor, I'm pretty sure I could go alot longer. I need to
> figure out a way to do a long run each week. It'll have to be on the
> weekend when hubby can hold down the fort for a couple hours. Being able to
> do 4+ miles and still feel like I have something left is a real breakthrough
> for me. I believe it is part conditioning and part pacing myself.
>
> The aches and pains of being a newbie runner have all but disappeared,
> without expensive gadgets and supplements... No arch pain, shin pain, knee
> pain, etc.
>
> Thanks to everyone again for your patient advice!

I know I probably the only person who does this. I had a big blister
on the ball of my foot after a marathon. I cut all the skin that was
the blister then used newskin on it. It burns but does the job.



03 Mar 2007 06:36:15
Doug Freese
Re: best treatment for blister?


"marathonman" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> I know I probably the only person who does this. I had a big blister
> on the ball of my foot after a marathon. I cut all the skin that was
> the blister then used newskin on it. It burns but does the job.

This sounds like cutting off one's finger/toe to eliminate a hangnail.
The reason it burns - your body using bad words. Peeling the skin may
sound macho but begs infections and I would say slows healing. Pop it
with a pin and let mother nature heal it while covered.

-DF