3 Ways to Avoid Blisters

Monday, August 18, 2014

Are you planning to run a marathon? Or are you an ambitious weekend warrior with some serious running goals?....

Are you planning to run a marathon? Or are you an ambitious weekend warrior with some serious running goals? Either way, blisters can be a nightmare to deal with—they can put a serious damper on your running time, athletic activities and other things you do with your feet—like walk! These obnoxious little bumps are caused by friction that causes the outer layers of the skin to rub together, separate and bubble up into these nasty, painful sores that take a while to heal and aren’t too nice to look at either. Plus, if they rupture or are left untreated, they can lead to more serious infections, such as cellulitis, secondary impetigo or even sepsis, which can be life threatening. The good news is—there is hope. Read on for three effective ways to prevent blisters from popping up.

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOCKS

When it comes to blister prevention, running socks play a critical role. By keeping moisture away from your feet, they help to minimize the friction that causes blisters. Cotton running socks are not the answer, as they soak up sweat and moisture and actually cause blisters. Instead, look for versions like our Ru Running Series socks made from COOLMAX® Fabric, which is designed to draw moisture away from your feet and help to minimize friction.

2. BUY SHOES THAT FIT WELL

The next most important thing to do is find the best training shoes for your feet. Fit is critical, so consider visiting a specialty running store that helps you determine the best shoe for your feet. Many stores have a specialist onsite who will watch you run on a treadmill or walk around the room to perform a gait analysis so that they can help you find your best match.

3. BANDAGES AND TAPE

If you have spots on your feet that tend to blister up, you may want to tape those areas up with something soft like moleskin or bandages specially designed to prevent blister formation.