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HELP! i've this massive blister right in the arch of my foot (the inside arch...wait, is there an outside arch....don't think so).

anyway, i took two days off running (not really on purpose, but i wondered if it would help) and then ran again this morning and alas, it's still killing me. maybe even more now.

i am a long-time runner and my shoes aren't new, so this isn't growing pains. it is totally abnormal for me to get a blister. though, when i do get them, this is where it happens. so weird right? why in the arch of my foot?

and i think they always happen in the summer months?

so i know it might sound silly but, does anyone have any ideas as to what i can/should do to speed up the healing process and indeed prevent it from happening again.

thanks, carrieanne

Thu. Jul 27, 4:50pm

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blisters 101

if there is pus in the blister, pop it. this will help it heal faster. if it's filled with blood, let it heal on its own and don't pop it.

blisters are caused by friction- your sock rubbing against your foot or maybe your shoe rubbing against your sock. it makes sense that you'd get a blister in the summer when you don't in the cooler months because when it's hotter, you sweat more- take a dry cloth and rub it against your skin, then do the same with a wet cloth. you'll see how the moisture increases painful friction and chaffing.

some pointers on prevention-
-decide if it's your socks or shoes that are rubbing and irritating your foot
-if the socks are too loose, buy tighter socks. if your shoes are too loose, get thicker socks or wear a second pair.
-to help with the sweat thing, get some socks that wick moisture away from the skin. these are fairly inexpensive.

take care of your feet and your feet will take care of you:) good luck!

Thursday, July 27, 2006, 7:06 PM

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to prevent blisters in the future, it sounds weird but you can use deoderant on your feet. just rub it on where you usually get blisters, it will create a barrier that will protect you. oh and you don't have to use a lot. . . . :)

Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:16 AM

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To help it heal, make sure nothing is irritating it. If it rubs against shoes/socks in daily activity, try covering it with a band-aid while you're running around, so you don't make it worse. Take the band-aid off when you're just sitting around, b/c wounds heal better with access to air.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 2:26 PM

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