With These 5 Items
Everyone has an opinion on what you should have in your Blister Kit.
Here's mine. But first, any blister kit should be assembled with 5 goals in mind, to:
Keep your blister as pain-free as possible
Stop your blister roof from tearing or deroofing
Prevent your blister from getting infected
Make your blister heal as quickly as possible
And even to stop your hotspot from becoming a blister in the first place
So what are the 5 blister kit items I recommend?
1) Gel Toe Protector Sleeves
I think a couple of gel toe sleeves (open at the ends) or caps (enclosed at the end) are a must-have Blister Kit inclusion. If you get a hot-spot, blister or any irritation to a toe, especially between the toes, these little devices will become your best friend! The gel material provides very favourable properties due to its very low shear modulus. They can be cut to length and are elasticised. Their longevity will be determined by the amount of grit and the intensity of the exercise they are subjected to - but they're quite hardy, washable and can be reused day after day.
2. Orthopedic Felt
Felt can be cut to shape to produce donut pads to deflect pressure from blisters, corns or any painful bony prominence or area of skin. Felt is self-adhesive - just peel the paper off the back and apply to the skin so that the blister (or blister prone area) is in the aperture. Secure with Fixomull tape so the pad will remain in place despite the rigors of the activity. Hapla is my favourite brand of felt.
3. ENGO Patches
ENGO Blister Prevention Patches are an excellent choice for long term blister prevention. These self-adhesive patches apply to your shoe not your skin and last for around 500kms of wear. By adhering to the shoe/insole, they last longer than taping the skin as perspiration does not compromise adhesion. The blue surface of the patches is a Teflon-like material (PTFE) that reduces the coefficient of friction by up to 80% and patches can be cut to size. Footwear needs to be dry for optimal adhesion.
4. Scalpel Blades
If you need to lance a blister, use a scalpel blade ideally, rather than a pin or needle. They're packaged so that they're easy to carry but must be disposed of adequately (sharps container). They're sterile so you don't need to worry about flames or disinfectants etc before use. Whats more, they do a better job than a needle - a pinprick will close over rather quickly and allow blister fluid to accumulate again. Pictured here is a #15 which I use everyday at work and I like it for lancing blisters because you don't have to poke it into the blister very far to make the right kind of hole in your blister roof.
5. Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters
Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters are used to treat deroofed blisters. They create a gel under the plaster that facilitates rapid skin healing. You don't use these dressings on intact blisters, torn blister or scabs. They are used on raw weepy lesions. This material is the perfect replacement for a blister roof in the unfortunate situation when your blister roof has rubbed off. They are waterproof and one plaster can last for up to a week.
Introducing the Advanced Blister Kit!
I've assembled these 5 advanced blister items, added 5 first aid kit staples, popped it all in a double zip custom bag so you can travel light and called it the Advanced Blister Kit! You can get yours now - they’re available in 5 countries (Aus, NZ, USA, UK and Denmark).
At Blisterprevention.com.au, our Advanced Blister Kit provides medical-grade blister protection in the form of cushions, padding, patches, plasters, dressings, antiseptic and more.
If you're blister prone, if you want to keep your training on track, if you need advanced blister management capabilities ... the Advanced Blister Kit is the kit you should be looking at.