PREVENTING AND CARING FOR BLISTERS WHEN TRAIL RACING

PREVENTING AND CARING FOR BLISTERS WHEN TRAIL RACING

Feeling the breeze when running on a picturesque trail is probably the perfect thing you will experience until a red blister crushes your joy. The first blister that you get is perhaps the worst, and soon you get immune to the pain and keep chugging on till it becomes unbearable. Primitive man used to strap something on the blisters so they can cover the area and kept working. However, in today’s trailing age, blisters are considered to be an injury that is caused because of hiking and trailing. Good news for those who suffer from blisters is that there are plenty of ways you can prevent and care for pesky injuries. 

Here are things to consider when you are dealing with blisters:

  1. Cause – Understand the reason why you are getting blisters on your feet. Most of the time it is uneven pressure, heat or moisture that contributes to the blistering.
  2. Prevention – You have probably heard it a hundred times, and you will listen to it a hundred times more. But, the one thing you need to address immediately is making sure you have a good pair of shoes to cover the blistering area. Secondly, to help you cope with the pain, make sure you put some tape, bandage or moleskin will ensure it doesn’t get chaffed. A thin lining layer of socks is also important.
  3. Care – Take a piece of Molefoam and cut a bit in the size of your blister. Cover it and hope that it does not burst. Most often, if you treat your blister like any other wound, you would be fine. AT all costs, avoid puncturing it and draining the water.

Draining the Blister

While it is never appreciated or encouraged to drain the blister. There are some times when the job needs to get done to speed up the healing. The main reason you are asked never to pop a blister is that since they are on your feet, you might infect the leg if you walked around with an open wound. The water/serum provides protection and healing to the injury inside and should be considered as medicine that will help with healing. Sometimes, blisters are too big, and they cause too much pain if they are not drained to release the pressure. In these cases follow these steps:

  • Wash the area where the blister has formed well with antibiotic soap and water
  • Take a needle and sterilize it properly with fire and alcohol
  • Before you get started with piercing the blister, make sure that you dress the area as you would typically dress a wound
  • Put molefoam with the hole in the middle where you are likely to pierce
  • Carefully nick the tip of the skin and wait for the serum to drain completely.

Another easier way to drain a blister is through the side instead of from the top. Most often it can be scary to drain it from the top. Therefore, lightly removing the skin from a corner at the base is less painful and more manageable.