Unfortunately blisters are one of the most common injuries seen in sport. Occurring to around 33- 50% of the population
WHAT CAUSES THEM?
There is a common misconception that RUBBING causes blisters! But in fact it is more related to the shearing forces of soft tissue + bones inside our feet, rather than just the rubbing of our skin on shoes or socks.
HOW CAN WE PREVENT/TREAT THEM?
There is still no 100% cure to stopping blisters but we do know that by changing the following it can minimize the likelihood of blisters occurring;
Reducing pressure through our feet using deflective padding
Using tapes or dressings to protect the skin
Wearing two pairs of socks
Reducing the intensity or frequency of activity
Altering the biomechanics of our feet with Orthoses
Ensure shoes fit properly
Reducing skin moisture content with dry powders or antiperspirants
Blisters occur to around 33- 50% people during sport. Its NOT just rubbing of the skin that causes blisters, it’s more to do with the movement of the soft tissue + bone inside of our feet that cause the initial shearing force that than lead to blisters!