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Old 07-07-08, 12:53 PM   #1
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horribly painful

so, I have a collection of blisters on my feet from the weekend- from running,bad shoes, etc: 4 on each foot! 2 on the back of each heel just below the archilees, one on the top/side of each pinky toe, and one on the side of each of my feet at the base of the big toe bone.

In short, I'm a mess and would have loved to wear slippers to work today....

My usual method is to cover in neosporin and bandage once or twice a day. I've heard controversy about whether things heal faster covered or uncovered... and whether or not neosporin helps or hinders.

Anyone else have issues with blisters? So, what do you do? I'm desperate to be healed up quickly and back to my normal routine.
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Sorry to hear you are gimpy. We humans take our feet for granted until they betray us like this. I have no magic cure for blisters, but I would take anything you learn here in Foo with a grain of salt. BTW, do not put that grain of salt on the foot wounds. just saying.
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Sorry to hear you are gimpy. We humans take our feet for granted until they betray us like this. I have no magic cure for blisters, but I would take anything you learn here in Foo with a grain of salt. BTW, do not put that grain of salt on the foot wounds. just saying.
obviously.

just hoping someone has an idea. sincerely hoping for a magic cure, but not holding my breath on that one.

I was figuring I'd hit the lap pool at the gym today, a long soak wouldn't be bad.


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Blistered the hell out of my feet like that one time. I went barefoot for about a month while they heeled. Got some funny looks from the classmates at the time, but I really didn't care then, and well, I care even less now.
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Old 07-07-08, 01:11 PM   #5
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in my experience, a wound with neosporin and a bandage heals best. i clean it up between dressings with alcohol - the band aid sticks better. when the alcohol dosn't burn anymore, no more band-aid. i have to be extra careful with skin because i'm in the ocean daily.
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Old 07-07-08, 01:16 PM   #6
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Man - you're one active individual.

I've heard you can develop some kind of weird reaction if you use neosporin too much. I had it happen to me actually and ended up with a big scar from where I tried to treat some road rash(it turned the wound all gooey - really gross).
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Here you go cutie!

From WebMD http://www.webmd.com/content/article/18/1676_51999.htm

Drain them, but dont take the top layer off!

Oct. 24, 2000 -- No matter what your chosen sport -- football, wrestling, tennis, or running -- blisters can sideline even the most seasoned athlete. In fact, a recent study of U.S. Open tennis players showed that more people visited the first aid station for skin problems such as blisters than all other health problems combined, according to Rodney Basler, MD, who spoke at a recent meeting sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in New York.

Many athletic activities involve heat and friction against equipment -- a hand rubbing against a tennis racquet during a match, for example. When combined with sweating, this friction often results in painful blisters. "Because of the nature of the sport, blisters are a primary [complaint] for tennis players," says Basler, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

"While physical activity is good for the body as a whole, these same activities can contribute to problems with the skin. But the good news is that most of these skin problems are easily diagnosed and, with proper medical attention, need not detract from athletic participation or performance," he tells WebMD.

Exercise has some specific benefits for the skin, he says. "It provides increased blood flow to the skin, toning of facial muscles, and gives athletes a healthy glow," he says. And taking certain precautions, such as keeping skin lubricated, can prevent the friction that causes blisters, Basler says.

If you already have a blister, try putting a layer of moleskin over it, he says. Basler also advises draining the blister by taking a sterilized pin and draining from the side, but not taking the top off.

To prevent blisters on the foot, he suggests wearing acrylic socks -- such as ThorLo -- because they eliminate friction and take sweat away from the skin, keeping it as dry as possible.

"[Foot] blisters usually happen because people wear the wrong socks or their shoes are too loose and rub all around the foot," says Lewis G. Maharam, MD, a sports medicine specialist in New York City and president of the New York chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

"Shoes that fit properly should have a thumbnail space in front of the biggest toe to the end [of the shoe] with a good mid-foot bend and heel support," says Maharam, who also is the medical director of the New York marathon, to be held Nov. 5, 2000.

Marathon runners are especially prone to skin injuries, including blisters as well as skin abrasions, he says. "You see a lot of nipple abrasions in men who run the marathon," Maharam tells WebMD. But, he says, a new product called Nippleguard or Vaseline can guard against this painful condition.
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Man - you're one active individual.
yeah, its how I self-medicate my hyperactivity
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yeah, its how I self-medicate my hyperactivity
there's other ways.
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To prevent blisters on the foot, he suggests wearing acrylic socks -- such as ThorLo -- because they eliminate friction and take sweat away from the skin, keeping it as dry as possible.
+1

The expert at the shoe store I use told me that bad socks are just as likely, if not more likely, to cause foot blisters than bad shoes. So, check your socks.
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Old 07-07-08, 01:35 PM   #11
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Rub them with Dung Beetle dung.
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The expert at the shoe store I use told me that bad socks are just as likely, if not more likely, to cause foot blisters than bad shoes. So, check your socks.
I've got decent socks (have you tried the 2-layer kind? the theory is that they rub against each other, instead of your foot). the running shoe blisters were a result of new (horrid) insoles. They went directly to the trash!!
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Do you need a foot massage?
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Do you need a foot massage?
I'll volunteer, with some gloves. Anyways that would pry hurt.
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Rub them with Dung Beetle dung.
exactly the type of magic solution i was hoping for from foo.
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always, but preferrably some day when they aren't covered in raw, open flesh wounds. wow, that sounds sexy.
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I'm not a fan of neosporin. While I think things may heal faster if you go the neosporin and bandaging route, you also have to keep everything really clean and constantly change bandages. Much better in my experience to dry things up and then cover with a bandage to prevent friction.

If you don't have any beetle dung, you should know that dog piles work even better. That's why kids can run around forever and not get sore feet.
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I've found soaking feet in hot water for a good while helps heal the sores, then pat dry with something sterile, bandage, etc.
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perfecto. now dog doo I can get. I'll be heading to the local puppy park stat after work.
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The warmer and squishier the better. If you wait too long the poo will dry out and just be abrasive.
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perfecto. now dog doo I can get. I'll be heading to the local puppy park stat after work.
Ew. Just ew.

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OK, OK! As a dog person, I can take it, but only so much! Please, stop!
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I get blisters anytime I backpack. I know foot care. Heat a pin up (to sanitize it), stick the blisters, and drain. Cut a hole exactly the same size as the blister in moleskin and put the moleskin on. If you don't cut the hole, the soft, weak skin will rip off. This works everytime. Just make sure your pokey object is sanitized.
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I get blisters anytime I backpack. I know foot care. Heat a pin up (to sanitize it), stick the blisters, and drain. Cut a hole exactly the same size as the blister in moleskin and put the moleskin on. If you don't cut the hole, the soft, weak skin will rip off. This works everytime. Just make sure your pokey object is sanitized.
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If you don't have or can't find mole skin, use duct tape...seriously.
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Hyperactive ... mmm .... chill the hell down and let go a little, woman!
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I wish.. at least I've found a coping mechanism.


on the plus side, spent an hour in the lap pool... feet feeling 10x better.
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I get blisters anytime I backpack. I know foot care. Heat a pin up (to sanitize it), stick the blisters, and drain. Cut a hole exactly the same size as the blister in moleskin and put the moleskin on. If you don't cut the hole, the soft, weak skin will rip off. This works everytime. Just make sure your pokey object is sanitized.
+1. I also get blisters or raw spots tramping. I sanitise a pin and drain any blisters that haven't burst and cover. I've got to find some tape that will stay on my feet for a day of pounding through rivers and up and down hills so I can prevent them from forming.
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