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What's the best thing to do for evil, mutant blisters?

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 05:06 am
I am beset with them.

They half stuffed my overseas trip...now they are threatening my exercise program!

I mean,. I am not really a wuss...I have walked on them until they are numb, and my shoes were wet with blood and blister fluid.

I have tried different shoes, bandaids, those special blister bandaids (they make everything all sort of soggy!)....I have tried plastic bandaids, cloth bandaids...

All that seems to happen is that I get different layers of blister...until I am expecting bone to pop out of the affected toes cos I don't believe there are any more layers of skin.


I have two different pairs of walking shoes which seem extremely comfortable for the first few hours.

I am swapping them around now...but because the blisters sort of stick out, ANY shoe seems to exacerbate them.


Any clever ideas or fixes?

Preventives?

Tricks?


Shoe suggestions?


Got to go bandage a damn blister.
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 05:13 am
I can't recommend anything for the blisters while you are walking around, but in the evenings, it would help if you could soak your feet in a tub of water, as hot as you can stand it, with Epsom salts in it.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 05:19 am
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate (hadda go look it up). You should be able to get that at any chemists, or in the medical section of any variety store or supermarket.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 06:46 am
@Setanta,
Really. Interesting....what does that do for the blisters?

I think I HAVE some here.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 06:54 am
It acts as an astrigent and a mild antibiotic. It will dry out the tissue, and help to prevent infection. About a half cup in a basin large enough to get your feet in should do the trick.
jespah
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:06 am
@Setanta,
Oh and I'd go to a sportings goods store and have them fit you for walking sneakers. Not cross-training, not running, but walking. And make certain that they measure you (and go after you've walked a bit, so that your feet are a lil swollen). Also ask them for sock recommendations to wear with said proper walking sneakers. You probably can't wear them everywhere (they're not exactly formal), but you can at least make it so that you're comfy much of the time.
Ionus
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:09 am
@dlowan,
Take great care to always wear clean socks. Infection is a day away if you dont. Setanta gave good advice. They need to be dried. The soaking is to remove any germs and dirt. In the army they put formaldihide on ours (yes I know what that is). Air is great for them if you can put your feet up. Do not walk around bare foot. Forget bandaids. You need some little dressings of dry gauze. Soak them off if they stick. It hurts but you can also sprinkle table salt on them. I once had to rub salt into a fissure in my groin from marching in the wet tropics. It was the only way to clean and dry given the environment.

Two things : clean and dry. Hope you get better soon.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:10 am
@jespah,
That's a good idea, Jes . . . and she could wear them to work, while carrying her "work" shoes in a bag.
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:21 am
@dlowan,
Quote:
Any clever ideas or fixes?

No, Deb
I wish I had a few.
Sounds really terrible.
These are blisters you developed on your 0/s trip which have lingered?

Quote:
Shoe suggestions?

The first thing I thought of: different, more suitable shoes, perhaps?
What sort of walking shoes are you wearing?

Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:22 am
I would suggest two pair of socks. I wear a minimum of three pair when I play soccer, and haven't had a blister since high school.

For blisters, the trainers at my college would fashion a piece of moleskin (or two pieces, depending on the size of the blister) with a hole cut out in the center for the blister to go. Seemed to help those dealing with blisters.

As far as the advice about not going barefoot, I'm not sure I agree. It may not help your current blister situation, but I would think it would toughen up your feet to help prevent blisters in the future. I could be completely wrong, of course.

Here's a link to a blog from a few years back that you might find interesting. The foot doc talks about moleskin -- doesn't mention cutting out the center for the blister, though (see 12/13th entry): http://drshoe.wordpress.com/2007/12/
Ionus
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:32 am
@Ticomaya,
Pilots in Vietnam would run barefoot in case they got captured. The first thing they would lose if captured would be their boots, so they had to prepare for the worst scenario. You are right, bare foot walking toughens the skin, but this can also make it difficult to wear shoes. Tough feet for bare foot, soft feet for shoes. The bare foot comment I made was only to avoid infection whilst the blisters were still there. I know one soldier who got an infection from the shower and lost pieces of his feet. If he had of been older, he could have done far worse.
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 07:39 am
@Ionus,
Ionus wrote:
The bare foot comment I made was only to avoid infection whilst the blisters were still there.

That I totally agree with.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:30 am
Lots of good ideas so far. The moleskin with a hole is interesting.. certainly the epsom salts.
My two cents - I wear faux crocs around the house to keep my feet nice and aired out, and recommend those, however malevolently ugly they are. My toes don't touch the sides of the shoes, by a long shot. The bottom of the shoes they do, so it would depend on where the blisters are exactly.

real crocs -
http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aadb_prd/on/demandware.static/Sites-crocs_us-Site/Sites-masterCatalog_Images/default/v1289469547391/product-images/thumbnail/10002_685.jpg
faux crocs -
http://www.amerimark.com/images/05/0514/full/051487.jpg
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:47 am
@jespah,
That's what I have...though thanks anyway.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:48 am
@Setanta,
I do that, too.

I really am walking9 in damn good shoes. I don't walk far in dress shoes.
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Ionus
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:51 am
Oh I nearly forgot...put betadine on or something similar after showering...a lot of germs breed on shower floors and the germs from all over your body wash down over your feet.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:53 am
@Ticomaya,
Thanks...that's interesting.

Where do you get moleskin?

It's interesting all this drying out talk...the special blister bandages keep 'em quite wet... while I find letting them dry out naturally (with the skin still on...which my really deep ones all have, because they're on really tough areas of my feet)....is great and the best thing (this means the growing skin is kept moist) except I have to stop walking to do that!!! Grrrr.

Mine don't get infected for some reason.

I go barefoot a lot inside...and it doesn't affect the beasts. Unless I have a raw bleeding one like I have on my middle toes right now...because the skin came off.
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:55 am
@ossobuco,
I am getting them from long walking...so the crocs are good for slopping around the house, but not a solution for the problem.

It's bloody weird that's what it is!!!

dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 08:57 am
@msolga,
I have ASICS which were fitted and have hitherto been FINE!

I bought another pair of a good different brand, and they were fine for a couple of weeks...now they are savaging my two middle toes...seems to be because these are the toes which sort of grip inside the shoe as I walk.

The trip blister (there was only one really bad one..on my little toe...it was agonising!) has almost healed, but that toe is still vulnerable because the problem went through so many layers of skin (blister under blister under blister etc...turtles and pain all the way down!) that the skin there is still kind of tender and weak.

I had some other very deep ones on the heel and the outer side of my feet...blood blisters...but the skin never broke, so they have been happily healing and the pain never got to a worrying level.
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2010 09:08 am
@dlowan,
(not that I'm any sort of foot expert, or anything, you understand, Deb ...)
But what about refraining from too much walking till all the blisters have had a chance to properly heal?
Ticomaya's suggestion of extra socks might a good one, too. (I have pretty sensitive feet & wear very bulky socks when walking. It helps, I think.)
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