How To Choose a Blister Prevention Strategy - that works!
Find out how to choose a blister prevention strategy that will work for you, your sport, your level of activity, your climate and your feet.
The reference for this presentation is The Advanced Guide To Blister Prevention - for athletes and sports medicine professionals.
WHY? “... many myths continue to be propagated regarding the prevention and treatment of friction blisters. Physicians, coaches and athletic trainers continue to advocate the use of petrolatum jelly and skin powders to prevent blisters while the scientific literature suggests these measures may actually increase the chance of blistering on the feet.” (Douglas Richie DPM, 2010)
Q: WHAT CAUSES BLISTERS? A: Rubbing under the skin (not rubbing on the skin). High friction level at skin surface + moving bone = everything in between stretches “SHEAR”
Q: WHAT CAUSES BLISTERS? A: Rubbing under the skin (not rubbing on the skin). Shear is the sliding of tissue layers (including skin layers) across one another. These layers have fine strong connections. These connections will break when shear is excessive and repetitive. This is the initial blister injury. Then fluid fills the area to form a blister.
BLISTER PREVENTION STRATEGIES: Let’s look at the pros & cons of each strategy - based on the following criteria: effectiveness and ease of use maintenance of normal function research evidence a lack of harmful effects.