Blisters-how I fix them-Michael Gillan Ultra Marathon Recovery SpecialistCopyright 2009 Michael Gillan ultra marathon recovery specialisthttp://aching-legs-relief.com 2
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Blisters - how I approach them
Because of legal problems and the fact that I am not able to check on other people’s hygiene, this iswhere I issue a disclaimer to the effect of;
I do not recommend treating blisters this way when there ismedical help available.
I do know the authorized ways of dealing with them, and I am all for this when dealing with them in anon-competitive sphere; if there are medical people available, they are always given priority even if Iknow the conventional way of fixing themAt some of the runs, I attend, medical treatment may not always be available, and good hygieneconditions do not exist; I have seen every method there is around the tracks for blister management andseen problems with every one of them.They range from padding only to removing some fluid from the blister and replacing it with Betadeneto just bursting it, using Second Skin and other skin repair systems.Band aids are fine for a temporary basis but the pad can press into the center of the blister and increasepain; the edges can also ride up and roll over until they are causing more irritation to the areasurrounding it.Moist padding also acts as a conductor for bacteria to pass into the freshly opened area increasing therisk of infection.
What do I do with them?
In many years and 1000’s of miles I have found that a stabilized protected blister gives less pain whileallowing the damaged area to heal quickly.
Theory of the approach to blisters-even a little blister is a bad master
A blister normally takes control of the person who owns it, as they run or walk all the pain anddiscomfort becomes theirs alone and it is very difficult to focus the mind on anything else.
Taking control of the blister
Blister control is deciding to deal with it on the athlete’s terms instead of letting the blister do what itwants; by taking control of the blister, a faster healing can take place.Control comes about when the pressure on the bubble is released and the area around it stabilized sothat it is unable to move and rub raw tissue-this prevents infection, protects the area and reduces thepain levels.
The theory of taking control
First bursting the blister by using a sterilized needle, at the same time leaving a length of cottonhanging out each side to allow the fluid to drain and release the pressure to ease the pain.The fluid can drain away and stay clear by using the thread as a wick to drain the blister-because of theone-way drainage no infection can go back up into the blister, as the traffic is all one way.
Putting on a layer of protective coating to help dry out the dead skin so that it protects the