July 2021              (07) 3846 4800             2B, 90 Vulture Street, WEST END 4101
The team at Performance Podiatry & West End Physio present a July update!
July is here and the Olympics has came with it. We here at West End Physiotherapy and Performance Podiatry have all fingers and toes crossed that Australia, and maybe Ireland and perhaps Canada as well can secure a Gold medal, or two, for us all to celebrate. 
Speaking of professional athletes, our very own podiatrists Kent and Gemma have been to Queensland Ballet Company this month to impart their wisdom on the common but most definitely debilitating condition, the blister. 
Kent and Gemma Presenting At Queensland Ballet with Physios Zara and Grace

They wanted to share their knowledge with you too and beneath is some very helpful pointers on how to prevent and manage a blister.

Bothersome Blisters and How to Manage Them 
How do I get a blister?
Contrary to popular belief, a blister is not caused by friction against the skin. It is in fact caused from sheer stress beneath the top layer of skin. This causes micro injuries to this area and as a response it can very quickly fill with blister-fluid i.e. plasma and thus your blister is formed.

It is important to note that this 'sheer stress' beneath the skin is accentuated by pressure and moisture.

How do I prevent getting a blister?
The best way to prevent a blister is, you guessed it, preventing pressure and moisture. 
There are many ways to prevent pressure and moisture in your shoes so we shall just list a few.

The best way to prevent blisters is to make sure your shoes are the right size for your feet. There should always be a thumbs width of space from the tip of your shoe to your longest toe. Yes, your longest toe, so in some people's case that will mean your second toe not the 'big toe'!
It is also very important to note that your feet swell after a long period of physical activity. This means that at the second half of a marathon your once well-fitting shoes might be too small and can cause very nasty toe blisters. In this case, having two different sized pairs of shoes and changing halfway through is recommended! 

Also, always making sure your shoes are tied well will prevent your toes from slipping forward, colliding with your shoe. 'Lace Locking' is a wonderful technique used to further prevent this. Our podiatrists will be more than happy to show you how it's done, so make sure to ask at your next appointment. Alternatively follow this link The Lace Lock (Heel Lock) Lacing Technique For Blister Prevention - Bing video.

Toe separators/gel caps:
Sometimes you will get pressure between the toes that can cause blistering. This can be fixed through silicone toe separators and toe caps. Where can you buy them you ask? Don't worry we sell them in clinic or most pharmacies will stock them also.

To prevent moisture you can change your socks regularly when they get sweaty. You can wear thicker socks which will absorb pressure as well as moisture (as long as you have space in the shoes). Toe separator socks can be used to prevent toe blisters and double layer socks will help reduce the sheer pressure. Going to a local hiking shop will normally be the best place to buy whichever is right for you.

What do I do if I get a blister?
If you have a blister the best thing to try to do is to stop it from bursting. The layer of skin being intact means that infection is impossible and the blister fluid has everything your blister needs to heal as quickly as possible.

If it has already burst, infection is now your greatest risk. You should clean the area with an antiseptic wash. Do not remove the loose top layer of skin as this will help protect the blister. Put a Band-aid on it with a small amount of Betadine or similar anti-septic. It is always very important to keep any dressing dry as once it gets wet it will no longer keep out bacteria. 

If the skin on the blister is gone entirely, do the same as above but instead of a Bandaid use a Compeed blister patch. Never use a Compeed blister patch unless the skin is entirely gone to prevent tearing of your skin!

If you have a big event coming up and you would like to learn more, or if you have a blister that you are not sure on how to manage it, why not book in and speak to one of our podiatrists. They will be more than happy to help!
Products of the month
Silicone Toe Caps
Silicone Separators
Not only do silicone toe caps and separators prevent blisters, their incredible ability to reduce sheer pressure on the toes also make them a go-to for corn and callus reduction!
Come into clinic to get yours today!

A Dad Joke to Finish
We call a guy at work a blister....
He only appears when the job is done!
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