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Tabascomj 01-15-2009 05:42 PM

Blisters....Ugh!
 
I am sure someone has had this happen. I am breaking in new skates and had them baked already, but I have a few blisters on my right foot. Is there anything that you can recommend to cover them other than a band-aid when I skate next?

I have to help coach my sons IP hockey and will be back on the ice again on Saturday for a few hours and don't want to tear up my feet at practice every few days.

Of course being a barefoot skater does not help, but its what I am used to. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

SJGoalie32 01-15-2009 05:50 PM

I've found that moleskin bandages and some medical tape do a decent job.

Tabascomj 01-15-2009 05:53 PM

Where might I pick up some moleskin bandages? Local pharmacy?

slamigo 01-15-2009 06:03 PM

usually blisters means that the skate is too big. But it might just be too big in a spot or two, if that makes any sense. (like it's the right length, but the heel is too wide, etc)
Baking the skate actually relaxes the material and the skate gets slighter bigger as it molds to your foot.

I would just put band-aids and tape, but you should really be wearing some cotton socks. I don't have link to any article, but the senior guy at my LHS said that skating barefoot isn't really an option with the newer skates as they are so stiff or something like that. But the same guy told me not to buy the specialty hockey socks because they don't hold any moisture and your foot slides around as if you were in bare feet.

nullterm 01-15-2009 06:03 PM

I've had numerous blisters from shoes, boots, etc. But skates have never been an issue for me. One thing I do is always wear a decent pair of hiking socks. In addition to keeping my feet warm & dry, I think they seem to help preventing blisters.

Tabascomj 01-15-2009 06:28 PM

Maybe I will give socks a whirl after all these years.

Carl Carlson 01-15-2009 06:34 PM

Duct tape will stop blisters. It sounds crazy but it seriously works.

nullterm 01-15-2009 06:38 PM

I'll check later what kind they are. I think they are synthetic material, not cotton or wool. If/why it would help exactly I'm not sure. Extra padding? Better with moisture? Less friction from the synthetics?

I've tried other woolen? socks and they weren't as comfortable.

MikeD 01-15-2009 06:45 PM

http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/p...p&searchArg=67

you should be able to find it in just about any retail sporting goods store where hiking/running equipment is sold

PhysicalTorque 01-15-2009 07:37 PM

It is not very wise to be skating without socks, you can get a staph infection.

Especially those blisters man, rubbing on the skates...

Get thin socks, and wrap some bandages.

nullterm 01-15-2009 07:53 PM

http://www.foxsox.com/catalog/produc...ctedstyle=2450

Exactly the kind I have (grey, not that it matters). I've had them for years now (hockey, everyday, backpacking) and are still in great condition. Even when it's warm they still feel great.

41% merino wool, 41% recycled polyester, 16% nylon, 2% spandex

...

Yeah, don't barefoot it man. I always make sure to have a layer between me and my equipment that I wash between every game, aside from gloves. In addition to properly airing out my equipment in a warm & dry place.

I already got one skin infection above my ankle from roller blading wearing socks that were too short. I went to the Dr and asked "So, I was right for coming in?" He looked at me seriously and said, "Yeah, you really don't want to mess about with MRSA floating around."

MatthewT 01-15-2009 08:26 PM

When I was younger I always used to wear socks in my skates, but would often get blisters. What I used to do was rub oral-gel on the blisters and it used to get me through the games pain free. Now I dont wear socks inside my skates and that makes the biggest difference in the world to me. Even when I go on my backyard rink I don't wear any socks.

190Octane 01-15-2009 09:33 PM

This will sound crazy but your answer is women's knee highs. Wearing full panty hose is overkill but if you put some knee highs on under socks you will be golden.

nullterm 01-15-2009 09:53 PM

Found some interesting articles.

Basically, cotton socks are real bad for causing blisters because they hold moisture. Wet skin increases chances of blisters.

Synthetic material socks draw moisture away from the skin reducing blisters.

http://walking.about.com/od/socks/a/socks022006.htm

http://walking.about.com/od/socks/a/socksvsblisters.htm

EmptyNetter 01-16-2009 11:26 AM

I agree with everything nullterm has said (ever). ;)

I'll add that your skates will deteriorate faster if you do not wear socks. More sweat is absorbed by the skate, which creates more bacteria that eats at the leather of the skate. I assume it still applies to today's space age materials -- even anti-bacterial linings have a limit.

BTW Moleskin, at least the pads I've seen, is just as thick as a band aid so it's not an advantage in that respect. I use those flexible fabric Band Aids when necessary. The adhesive is a bit stronger than the standard kind so they don't pull loose and float around inside your skate while you're playing.

Fixed to Ruin 01-16-2009 11:39 AM

+1 for wonmen's knee high. It works, unfortunately :amazed:

Bluefan75 01-16-2009 12:32 PM

ONe thing I was doing in my old skates was wearing techincal socks and a pair of Happy Feet(pretty thick cotton, but man are they comfortable) over top. The technical sock would be dry and the cotton would absorb the moisture but keep it away from my feet. I make sure to air out all the equipment like everyone else has said after playing as well.

My newer skates are a touch narrower so I only wear the technical sock now.

shattuck13 01-16-2009 03:43 PM

use a nice nylon dress sock or your mom's or wife's panty hose. they work.

MikeD 01-16-2009 06:40 PM

So many do prefer to not wear socks and with a small effort they can eliminate any chance of staph or other bacterial infection. Simply mist the interior of the skate with Rubbing Alcohol after each use. 3 parts water to one part Alcohol will do just fine. 3 cups water/1 cup alcohol in a spray bottle can mist ALL of your gear, keeping oder and bacterial concerns a non-issue. Parents with children in any sport should be misting their childs gear after each use. MRSA strains just make it a "must do" thing.

I have used the Cool Max kevlar runners socks for years and even while breaking in new skates(no bake) have not had a single blister. Prior to that I had worn the typical mens non-textured "Dress" sock but they tend to "quit", slide down and bunch at the toes. In any case, you want to prevent any rubbing directly against the skin. Standard tube socks dont work well. They tend to allow the foot to slide around inside the sock. As another poster has said, once wet they tend to stick to the boot liner and let your foot start sliding/rubbing. The coolmax (Nike product, i believe)or other kevlar type socks have a much lower friction coefficient. Even with some slide, there is a less likely chance of developing a blister.

Tabascomj 01-17-2009 06:37 PM

That does sounds kind of crazy. Did you get some funny looks in the locker room?

190Octane 01-17-2009 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tabascomj (Post 17404121)
That does sounds kind of crazy. Did you get some funny looks in the locker room?

I got my balls busted a bit but I'd rather have my teammates joke with me and not have blisters.

The skates I have now are Mission wicked light 1s which are some of the stiffest skates out there I believe so they were a ***** to break in.

DevilsFan38 01-18-2009 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeD (Post 17387231)
So many do prefer to not wear socks and with a small effort they can eliminate any chance of staph or other bacterial infection. Simply mist the interior of the skate with Rubbing Alcohol after each use. 3 parts water to one part Alcohol will do just fine. 3 cups water/1 cup alcohol in a spray bottle can mist ALL of your gear, keeping oder and bacterial concerns a non-issue. Parents with children in any sport should be misting their childs gear after each use. MRSA strains just make it a "must do" thing.

I have used the Cool Max kevlar runners socks for years and even while breaking in new skates(no bake) have not had a single blister. Prior to that I had worn the typical mens non-textured "Dress" sock but they tend to "quit", slide down and bunch at the toes. In any case, you want to prevent any rubbing directly against the skin. Standard tube socks dont work well. They tend to allow the foot to slide around inside the sock. As another poster has said, once wet they tend to stick to the boot liner and let your foot start sliding/rubbing. The coolmax (Nike product, i believe)or other kevlar type socks have a much lower friction coefficient. Even with some slide, there is a less likely chance of developing a blister.

What about gloves? Do you mist the outside/palms, or just spray inside?

MikeD 01-21-2009 06:44 PM

Anywhere you like. Inside the gloves is most important. IF you think you might have picked up some nasty critters after giving your last opponent a face wash...hit the outside too! lol

nullterm 01-21-2009 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeD (Post 17479945)
Anywhere you like. Inside the gloves is most important. IF you think you might have picked up some nasty critters after giving your last opponent a face wash...hit the outside too! lol

What league do you play in? LOL

Tabascomj 01-23-2009 10:13 AM

I tried it the other night and the lady's knee high pantyhoses looking things worked. Damn, I would not have believed it until I was on the ice for an hour and a half.

I did get a funny look from my wife when I asked he foe a pair of them though. But it was worth all the crap I took from my players and the assistant coach to not have my feet all wrecked after the game!

Thanks guys!


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