Runners all fear the dreaded blisters - those little pockets of fluid that can appear anywhere on your foot. They can pop up and just cause discomfort and usually a nuisance. Blisters are caused by excessive friction between your foot and your socks. But the good news is that there are things that you can do to prevent blisters from happening.
The most important thing in the prevention of blisters is wearing good quality running socks. I actually used to be so afraid of getting blisters that I would wear 2 pair of socks whenever I went out for my run. But, now I've found that with the right pair of socks I don't need to do this.
You want to make sure that you are purchasing socks that are made especially for running. Stay away from any socks that are made of cotton - your socks should be made of some technical material. This material will wick the moisture away from your feet - which will keep blisters from forming.
Also, to help prevent blisters, make sure that you are wearing correct fitting shoes. Have your feet measured at a running store. They will find the correct shoes for your foot type and will fit you properly. You will find that your running shoes should be Ã‚Â½ size larger than your regular street shoes. This will take into account your feet swelling when you are longer runs - and will keep your feet from rubbing, which will in turn help prevent blisters.
If you find that you do have a blister, the absolute best thing to do is to leave it alone. It will eventually open and drain on its own. If it is painful, you can carefully drain it by piercing it with a sterilized needle. Once you do this, make sure that you put some antiseptic cream on it and cover it with a band-aid. Even if you do not drain it yourself, you may want to put a band-aid on it when you run to keep it protected.
Making sure that your shoes fit properly and wearing moisture wicking socks should keep you blister-free. However, if you are participating in a race and feel a blister developing, stop at one of the aid stations as soon as you can. They can treat it there and get you back on your way. This will keep you from making it worse and will help you finish the race.
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