Simple Way to Prevent Blisters: Surgical Tape

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:42 AM

But doctors who got ill and tired of treating runners' blisters declare they've a cheap and simple solution for them — and for those of us dumb sufficient to wear new shoes to work without socks: paper tape.

Simple Way to Prevent Blisters: Surgical Tape

Is there anything worse than getting a blister on the twenty-fifth mile?

OK, maybe not everyone is an ultramarathoner. But doctors who got ill and tired of treating runners' blisters declare they've a cheap and simple solution for them — and for those of us dumb sufficient to wear new shoes to work without socks: paper tape.

It'south the stuff sold in drugstores to keep on gauze, and it'south as thinly and flimsy as the title implies.

It turns out this thin, easy-to-tear tape works better to prevent blisters than powders, antiperspirants, lubricants, Band-Aids or adhesive pads, said Dr. Grant Lipman, an emergency medicine physician at Stanford Health Care in California.

"It'south kind of a ridiculously cheap, simple method of blister prevention."

Lipman helps endurance athletes who run twenty-five to fifty miles a day in all sorts of climates, from the high desert of Chile to Antarctica.

They are, unsurprisingly, plagued by blisters.

"What I kept hearing was, 'Doctor, I'd be doing so well, if only for my feet,'" Lipman said in a statement.

"Their feet were getting decimated."

But he'd heard rumors that paper tape helped. So he and colleagues certified the idea using one hundred twenty-eight runners participating in the 155-mile, seven-day RacingThePlanet ultramarathon event that crosses terrain from Jordan'south rock-strewn wastes to the Gobi Desert.

They'd trained medical technicians keep paper tape on just one of each runner'south feet.

Number blisters formed on the feet of ninety-eight of the runners where the tape had been applied, they reported in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. But eighty-one runners did obtain blisters in untaped areas.

"It'south kind of a ridiculously cheap, simple method of blister prevention," Lipman said. "You can obtain it anywhere. A small roll costs about sixty-nine cents, and that should latest a year or two."

The stuff is thinly sufficient so that it doesn't interfere with the shoe'south fit and it'south comfortable, he added.

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