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07-05-2012, 12:21 PM
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Advice for massive blister?

So I forgot my socks for yesterday morning's pickup so I had no option but to go bear foot and developed a really nasty blister (1cm+) on the right side of my heel.

I have a Friday morning pickup as well. And obviously skipping it is out of the question. So the question is, does anyone have any brilliant suggestions on how best to protect the blister so I can play?

Loads of bandaids? Wrap it? Less is more? Tie the skate super tight?

Pain is pain, once I'm out there I'll just deal, but I'd like to try to avoid making it much worse.

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So I forgot my socks for yesterday morning's pickup so I had no option but to go bear foot and developed a really nasty blister (1cm+) on the right side of my heel.

I have a Friday morning pickup as well. And obviously skipping it is out of the question. So the question is, does anyone have any brilliant suggestions on how best to protect the blister so I can play?

Loads of bandaids? Wrap it? Less is more? Tie the skate super tight?

Pain is pain, once I'm out there I'll just deal, but I'd like to try to avoid making it much worse.
It won't really get much better until you let it. I feel like skating on it again would aggravate it.

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If letting it heal by not playing is out of the question, then i would suggest trying to find some of those blister donuts. Its bassically a circle of foam with a hole in the middle that adds padding around the blister to take the pressure off. IT's still going to hurt, but it may make it more bearable and keep it from getting too much worse.

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I hear that Moleskin works quite well for preventing/ protecting blisters that have already formed.

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Not sure if this is the right way to go about things but this worked for me:

I had a giant blister on the side of my toe from my skates. I took a small needle/pin and poked a hole, drained the blister, and bandaged it. Draining it took alot of the pressure off and a good bandage should help with friction/pain.

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The skin was ripped right off. It was never a blister, it was a wound as soon as the skate came off. lol

I managed to play floor hockey last night using some Bandaid blister care pad with a bandaid on top. That went fine but sneakers are a far cry from an ice skate.

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07-06-2012, 06:39 AM
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Always always always pack socks. Heck, pack spares!

I find fabric bandaids are good for smaller blisters. Gel bandaids are also good but rub off easier

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Always always always pack socks. Heck, pack spares!

I find fabric bandaids are good for smaller blisters. Gel bandaids are also good but rub off easier
Yea, my socks are a per game item that I put into my bag. I usually never forget them.

My Thinnies are on their last leg so I'll buy some new ones and stash the olds ones as backups in case I forget again.

As for this morning's game, I think it went ok. I put a "Strong" Bandaid on the blister and then put two Bandaid Blister pads side by side to cover it. And I just tied my skates real tight. I felt it some but it was minor. And It doesn't look like there was any slippage of the bandaid, so I think the area wasn't injured any further. I'm going to clean it well when I shower.

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just make sure that once you open it up you take extra care to make sure you keep it clean and free of infection. your feet are nasty and there's lots of crud that can cause you a nasty infection. take the extra time to take care of the open wound so you don't get yourself in a real bind.

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I used gel band aids, then tape over them so they stay- I always skate barefoot though, so socks might do the trick for keeping the band aid on

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Finger nail clippers and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

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I know I'm late to the party on this but for future reference never pop a blister. Put a bandage or wrap over it and just let it heal on it's own. By popping the blister you're essentially allowing bacteria (especially with ice skates and sweat) get into the now open wound. Regardless if you have a band-aid on it or not, the bacteria can still get in. Just future reference, leave it alone lol.

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I just got some new skates so I'm feeling your pain until they're broken in lol...
But I went and got these band-aids that are specifically for blisters from the local drug store. The'yre like gel or something and very sticky and stretchy. Basically, they have medicine in them and every time pressure is applied to the blister, the medicine goes into it giving you instant pain relief. Amazing.
So I just put them on all four of my blisters with a patch of moleskin that i cut from a bigger sheet on top under the sock. The moleskin is sticky too so it stays in place on your foot. When you're done playing leave the band-aid. Take it off late the next day. I've done this three times already and I almost have no blisters and definitely no pain at all. Give it a shot man it's worth it lol.

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Rarely get them anymore... but when I did, one big bandaid to cover, then double layer of 2 liner socks...
back in the early 90's when coolmax first hit the market I bought 2 pr of double layer coolmax socks to try - they were so awesome I bought another 6 pr.
Absolutely the best socks for any sport/activity!
They are really comfortable, great when the feet get really hot, like an all-day hike or extended pack trip. Super in skates. And they wear like iron if you swap them daily.
Even as doublelayer, they are relatively thin - a bit thinner than your good quality cotton crews - so great feel in the boot.
Still have 3 pr of the originals and just ordered another 6 pr from these guys...
http://doublelayersocks.com/index.html
well worth the money
don't know much about the doublelayer Wrightsocks, but they may also be worth a try...
http://www.skates.com/Coolmax-skate-socks-p/569.htm

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Rarely get them anymore... but when I did, one big bandaid to cover, then double layer of 2 liner socks...
back in the early 90's when coolmax first hit the market I bought 2 pr of double layer coolmax socks to try - they were so awesome I bought another 6 pr.
Absolutely the best socks for any sport/activity!
They are really comfortable, great when the feet get really hot, like an all-day hike or extended pack trip. Super in skates. And they wear like iron if you swap them daily.
Even as doublelayer, they are relatively thin - a bit thinner than your good quality cotton crews - so great feel in the boot.
Still have 3 pr of the originals and just ordered another 6 pr from these guys...
http://doublelayersocks.com/index.html
well worth the money
don't know much about the doublelayer Wrightsocks, but they may also be worth a try...
http://www.skates.com/Coolmax-skate-socks-p/569.htm
I've used Thinnies for years and never had any problem:

http://www.prostockhockeygear.com/ac...ocks-long.html

Super thin but the one pickup game where I forgot them and had to go barefoot, I got my blister.

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It really depends, to be honest.

From my past experiences (again, I'm not saying this is the best way but it's worked best for me), I used to get blisters from soccer all the time (be it from loose socks or ill-fitting cleats), and then I'd have to go and play hockey the same day/week.

I usually pop the blister with a needle/scissors, drain it completely, then cut off all the dead skin. Yes, you are more prone to infection, but I've had absolutely 0 infections in all the years that I've been doing this. Once you've removed the dead skin, the affected "sore" will be sensitive to touch/air/etc. but I find that, if you can, expose it to open air (walk around the house with no socks, I know it will suck but it gets better with time), and the raw open area will dry up and be less sensitive to touch. After a few times of doing this, you get used to it and don't really notice the blister anymore after a day or the better part of a day.

Again, this has worked for me, I'm not saying it'll work for you, but I have gotten alot of blisters and this is usually the fastest way to recovery for me.

Good luck!

Note: Most of my blisters have been at primary impact points (ie the ball of your foot/bottom of toe/etc.)

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Don't skate with it.

I remember years ago my friend used rental skates and got a huge blister on his ankle bone. He went skating again wearing a big bandaid, bandages, and extra thick socks. When we got off the ice he took off his skates and the blood had gone through to his socks, I had never seen anything like it before...

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Don't skate with it.

I remember years ago my friend used rental skates and got a huge blister on his ankle bone. He went skating again wearing a big bandaid, bandages, and extra thick socks. When we got off the ice he took off his skates and the blood had gone through to his socks, I had never seen anything like it before...
It's like condoms, you might think using two/more is safer, but it's exactly the opposite.

All the extra socks/bandages just creates more opportunity for your foot to slide around and rub the exposed blister. Just securely cover it, wear what you normally wear and giddy up.

I just used a couple bandaids (because the sore was so wide) and added some stick tape to secure it perpendicular to the bandaids. Put on my "Thinnie" sock and done.

I would also comment that wearing rental skates is a whole different world from wearing your own (fitted) skates that you've grown accustomed to for months/years.

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Lancing the blister, draining and then a potassium permanganate wash, allowing to dry naturally and then an iodine dressing (such as Inadine) as a primary dressing, a silicone dressing (such as Allevyn non-adhesive) to protect then a elasticated bandage (such as K-lite) to fix, but not too tight.

My official line, as a medical professional, is of course to rest it but the above is as good as you'll get if you just can't help yourself.

Obviously due caution should be taken regarding any allergies you may have and the above advice.

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At the start of each season I get massive blisters, and it's not because my skates don't fit, it's because I wear socks and my skin just reacts this way. Honestly, I just suck it up, play as much as possible until those nasty things turn into a callus. Your feet are gonna hurt for 5-7 days but once they're callused, there's nothing to worry about. Keep in mind though, after you get the first nasty blister and play again, you will feel the blister pop...it's pretty nasty but if you're willing to just suck it up, you'll thank yourself later. Band-aids don't do a whole lot, they can actually create even more friction which is the cause of the blister in the first place. I know most people like to use cream or some kind of moisturizer but I treat mine like a zit, as dry as possible. The dryer the better for me.

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Suck It Up

Think to yourself, what would a pro do

http://www.sportstvjobs.com/resource...are-tough.html

A very entertaining read for sure...

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