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Preventing Blisters

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colorado Springs dermatologist Dr. Reagana Anderson

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily do from your friendly local dermatologist!

So I used to be in the military and we’d have to walk long distances in our combat boots and you know we would get blisters on our feet until somebody told me one day how to prevent them and basically how you prevent blisters is if you’re breaking in shoes then don’t for a ten-mile hike. All right, do a little bit each day and gradually build up. So you’re breaking in the shoes and taking away the the hot points. Before you do that make sure you have properly fitting shoes proper orthotics if your feet require them. So get the right shoe, break it in slowly but then when you’re going hiking but you want to do is you want to have a very thin something right next to your skin. Thin sock, some people actually use nylons because they are so thin and they can slide easily past the socks on top of it, but whatever you do a very thin sock, a nylon and then a sock on top. What that will do is instead of the friction going right against your skin, you know sock on skin, It’ll be the second layer, that nylon, or that very thin sock and then another sock so the friction happens not on your skin layer. So guys if you do this I promise you that you’re not gonna get as many blisters as you would have if you didn’t get the right fitting shoe, If you didn’t break it in properly and if you didn’t create that friction barrier so that your skin isn’t getting all the trauma. All right. So let’s put some time, thought and effort into this so that the old dogs, they stay happy.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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