Any sport involving tight shoes and lots of movement could mean one thing for sure: blisters. Soccer players are obviously at major risk, and if you play, you might write a blister off as a minor annoyance. What's the big deal?
Well, like many sports-related injuries, if left alone, a blister could be real trouble, bringing possible pain, infection and bleeding. To avoid them, you'll have to work on two methods: prevention and treatment.
Before a blister forms you should take proper care of your feet and learn to spot the warning signs. If you feel an unusually warm, red part on your foot, you've probably found a "hot spot" which could quickly go from sore to stinging. Keep an eye on these problem zones and know that they could become blisters very easily. It could also help to buy special padded socks, bandages or new shoes to lower your chances.
Despite all this, you could still see blisters sprout up. What then? First, determine whether or not the blister is filled with blood. If it isn't, cover it with bandages and watch it to make sure it isn't infected. A torn blister won't just hurt more, but could also be in even greater danger of getting ugly.
If you see blood in your blister or have other concerns, you should see a practitioner. Sports may not be the only way to get blisters, but a sports physician will know these little terrors well and be ready to help you treat them.
Bronston Chiropractic and our Medical Division (aka Community Care Clinic) is an especially good resource for soccer players to turn for support. Contact us next time you think you have a bad blister, or some other sports-related injury to take care of.