After my inadequate blister protection for the race on Saturday, I took off my socks to find the worst blood blisters I’ve ever had. Don’t worry, I’m not going to show you any gross pictures. I promise.
They looked something like Sarah’s blisters, only I had them on both feet and mine were darker and puffier. In the past, I’ve dealt with blisters by simply covering them with bandaids and moleskin, because most of the time they go away on their own after a few days, but these were so big that I realized I wouldn’t be able to wear any shoes, much less run, without significant discomfort. So…I realized it was time to perform a little surgery. Outpatient, of course ;)
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor any way involved in the medical field; all my knowledge comes from Google and some common sense.
Mike and I have a stockpile of medical supplies in a big filing box because
we’re Doomsday preppers we like to be prepared. So I set about gathering needles, a lighter, alcohol prep pads, gauze, and bandaids.
The most important thing about popping a blister is keeping the wound as sterile as possible, to prevent infection. To that end, I started out by sterilizing the needle by holding it with a pair of tweezers and rotating it over an open flame for a few seconds. I used an alcohol pad to wipe off the soot or whatever and sterilize it further. I cleaned the blistered areas thoroughly with additional alcohol pads. And then mentally prepared myself.
To my surprise, the needle didn’t hurt at all! I was careful to poke the blister at an angle to just pierce the skin, not go in perpendicular to the foot and damage healthy tissue underneath. After poking, I covered the wound with a gauze pad to let it drain. My blisters were big, so I had to poke each one 4-5 times in separate places to get it to drain all the way.
Afterwards, I applied antibiotic ointment and taped some gauze in place, and switched out the gauze for a bandaid after a few hours. Done.
The surgery station
Obviously watching Grey’s Anatomy for tips while I go
I was very happy with the result afterwards because the blisters didn’t hurt at all and they didn’t impede me from running and doing other important activities like wearing shoes.
Do you ever get blisters from running? What do you do to treat them?