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FOOT BLISTERS AND EXERCISE

Blisters don't just happen, you'll feel pain before they appear.

If you feel pain in the skin of your feet while you're exercising, take off your shoes and look for a cause. Usually, your socks will be wrinkled or your shoes won't fit properly. If it's your socks, straighten the wrinkle. If it's your shoes, take them off. Wetness causes skin to stick to anything that rubs against it. Adding powder to the toes of your socks can help to keep your feet dry. It doesn't matter whether it's corn starch or fungus or baby powder. If you still develop blisters, try to soften the shoe where it rubs against your skin. Dab mineral or bath oil on the spot on the shoe that rubs against your foot, and stretch the shoe. If you still develop blisters, buy a new pair of shoes. If you're too frugal to throw away shoes take a piece of white tape and place it tightly on the spot on your skin where the shoe rubs. Studies at Walter Reed Army Hospital show that the most effective treatment for blisters is to sterilize a pin and the skin over the blister, stick the pin into the side of the skin over the blister, express the fluid, and then tape the skin tightly over its base.

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D., for CBS Radio News

Checked 9/5/05

June 2nd, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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