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Tapes and Patches for Preventing Blisters

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Whether you run for fun or are a serious New Haven Road Race competitor, suffering from blisters on the feet can hobble your efforts pretty quickly. With friction being the primary cause, it might seem a bit counter-intuitive to use sticky things to try preventing blisters from forming. Many runners, however, swear by tapes and patches to keep themselves comfortable.

You might be surprised at just how many different types of tape there are in the world of sports: Kinesio, Leukoplast, Micropore, and Elastikon, just to name a few! Tape can be thick, thin, stretchy or unyielding, and there’s no true consensus on which one can work best to protect one’s feet. Some studies even say plain old paper or surgical tape can do the trick, too.

If you’re going to experiment with taping, then, it might take some time to discover the methods that yield the best results for you in preventing blisters. In other words, it’s not something you want to start depending on just before a big event. Give yourself time to work with it.

Other runners go by patches for preventing blisters. These have the benefits of often being able to stick to the inside of the shoe instead of the foot and stay there, saving time that might be spent taping up before every run. On the downsides, the patches will eventually wear out (although they’re made to b durable) and they’re not as easy to customize as tape.

If you need help preventing blisters during your workouts, Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery can provide the expert advice you need. Contact either of our offices by calling (203) 288-4055 for Hamden or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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