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How to help blisters heal(faster)?


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So Sunday I, or rather my foot, thinks I probably over did it on distance on my run. I seem to have ran 8.4 miles in about 1.5 hrs, by map my run's estimate. Bad brain that doesn't know how to guestimate distance or time :knocks on: The rest of my body the day after feels fit and bounced back fine, but I ended up with a giant blister squat on the bottom of my left foot which about the size of two thumb pads. Its huge, unsightly, but most importantly, I get a very uncomfortable stretch feeling when I step correctly. Also, since I wear orthopedic inserts, it hurts really bad when I try to run my workout shoes.

I don't want to take the whole week off for a day's blunder. Is there something I can do to speed up the process?

I was thinking a big focus on weight lifting and strength week, but I'd definitely like to get in some kind of cardio(a moderate TKB class or tamer in level) this week too.

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I get the best and fastest results by piercing it to drain the fluid, cut away the dead cover skin (as best as pain will allow but I push as hard as I can) using sharp hair trim scissors (clean and sterile), cover the "red" under skin with PolySporin Healing Ointment, band-aid cover and pad taped over if it is a pressure place. Repeat several times/day until better. And DON'T exercise on it because that will only impede healing. I will see results in about 3 days to where I can pad it and start to exercise (slowly at first) on it. Remember that if there is ANY rubbing against that exposed skin before it thickens and de-sensitizes, it will hurt and heal slower.

Silver plasters work really well Smile 

I usually puncture it to let it drain, as little a hole as possible.  If you cut the top part off, it stings pretty bad, but if you press it back down, it keeps the area protected.  Then I use antibiotic cream and a bandaid.  Usually by the next day it is less sore, but it still needs to be protected.

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I get the best and fastest results by piercing it to drain the fluid, cut away the dead cover skin (as best as pain will allow but I push as hard as I can) using sharp hair trim scissors (clean and sterile), cover the "red" under skin with PolySporin Healing Ointment, band-aid cover and pad taped over if it is a pressure place. Repeat several times/day until better. And DON'T exercise on it because that will only impede healing. I will see results in about 3 days to where I can pad it and start to exercise (slowly at first) on it. Remember that if there is ANY rubbing against that exposed skin before it thickens and de-sensitizes, it will hurt and heal slower.

i agree completely with this, saw a tremendous amount of this on the camino de santiago and that is what the red cross people did too - unfortunately the poor people with the blisters that were the size of mandarins or else with 20 on each foot usually had to continue walking but this was the best way nonetheless

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