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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tips on Blisters from Racquetball

For a racquetball player is very common to have blisters. The constant movement of your feet around the court, stop and going will cause a lot of friction. Blisters come from friction. Friction, the rubbing of skin against shoe, makes upper skin layers slide over lower skin layers. A cleft forms, and fluid pours into it. Heat and moisture are partners in-crime with friction.
Wet skin is easier to tear and form blisters, so wicking away sweat and keeping your feet dry are another key to preventing blisters. Use cornstarch in your socks or even use antiperspirant on your feet to keep them dry. But your socks are the real key. They must be of wicking fabric, not cotton, in order to get the moisture away from your skin.
You can minimize moisture by wearing thick, acrylic socks. You can find them in sporting-goods stores. Acrylic wicks moisture away from the skin. In a racquetball match would be a good idea to dry your feet and change your socks once the match is over or let your feet dry out on sandals. If you start every match with dry feet and dry acrylic socks, most likely you will not have blisters during the tournament of practices.
Padding provides protection against blisters. You have to be sure your shoe will accommodate the padding. It would be a good idea to get a cushioned racquetball shoe with breathable mesh. Allow for at least half an inch between the end of your big toe and the front of the shoe so you have some room since your toes do need room to expand into as your feet swells during a racquetball match.
If an area is already developing a hot spot or blister, or you know it is an area that will, then covering it with a blister pad is the best way to go.
For a blister that has formed, you can puncture it with a sterile needle to release the fluid, but leave the blister roof in place. It makes a good cover for the raw skin beneath it.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Nice Blog. I read your blog carefully. Thank you for sharing useful information with us about how to prevent blisters? But some questions are coming in mind after read your post? Can you please give me solution for them? What are the best products for blisters?