Most runners develop calluses on their feet over time due to the rubbing of their toes against the shoes each time they are running. In some cases, these calluses can lead to blisters. While many runners choose to ignore these blisters, it is important to properly treat them in order to avoid infection, pain and further complications. Here is how runners should treat a blister under a callus:
1. Get the right supplies. It is essential to have the right tools to safely drain and treat the blister. This includes clean gauze and cotton fabric, antiseptic solution, antibiotic ointment, and sterile tweezers or needle.
2. Clean the area. Before treating the blister, it is important to thoroughly clean the area. This can be done by cleansing the area with an antiseptic solution.
3. Drain the blister. Once the area is clean, you can use a sterile needle or tweezers to gently puncture the blister. Allow the fluid to drain and then press gauze on the sore to help dry up the blister. Do not remove the top layer of skin on the blister.
4. Apply cream. Once the blister has been drained and the area is dry, cover the area with an antibiotic ointment or cream. This will help promote healing and prevent infection.
5. Protect the area. To prevent further friction and allow the blister to heal, you can use adhesive bandages to keep the area covered.
6. Monitor the blister. Check the blister frequently and make sure it is healing properly. Be sure to watch out for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or warmth in the area.
In summary, it is important for runners to take the time to properly treat a blister under a callus in order to keep the area clean and help promote healing. Make sure to get the right supplies, clean the area, drain the blister, apply cream, protect the area and monitor the blister for signs of infection. Doing so will help ensure that any blisters that crop up do not lead to further complications.