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How to avoid blisters? It’s easy and cheap. Blisters can be very frustrating. Your body is ready to train hard, you’re all set mentally, but your heel blisters mean that its just to painful to do anything. There are lots of different blister remedies in the market, quite often these are costly too, certainly in the long term.
But a study in the US has found that the most effective way to treat blisters in with simple surgical tape, at around 60p a roll. Just apply the tape to the parts of the feet (or hands) that are affected and off you go.
Grant Lipman, MD, an emergency medicine physician, was a doctor for endurance athletes who were running 25 to 50 miles a day in various parts of the world, from the US to Antarctica to Chile.
Despite the harsh conditions and extreme exercise, the most common complaint that Lipman heard from the athletes was about the pain and debilitation caused by foot.
“What I kept hearing was, ‘Doctor, I’d be doing so well, if only for my feet,’” said Lipman, a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine. “Their feet were getting decimated.”
“People have been doing studies on blister prevention for 30 or 40 years and never found anything easy that works,” said Lipman, who is the lead author of the study. “I wanted to look at this critically,” said the doctor.
For the study, 128 ultra marathon runners had tape applied to just one foot, with no tape applied to the other, before taking part in a 155 mile running event. By the end of the race, only 30 of the taped feet were blistered, compared with 81 for the group with no tape applied. The study found that not only is surgical tape a great way to avoid blisters, it’s also effective for treating existing blisters too.