Every basketball player has experienced them at some time. Those painful blisters on feet that make running and cutting on the court impossible. Even the tiniest blister between the toes or on the ball, heel, or side of the foot can be debilitating.
Learn how to prevent and treat these nuisances with a few simple steps.
Here's a simple blister definition: A small pocket of fluid that forms in the top layer of skin in response to injury or infection. This fluid cushion is a clever mechanism the body uses to protect the damaged tissue from further harm by encasing it until it can fully heal.
The telltale signs of blisters are redness and pain followed by swelling and the buildup of fluid.
During physical activity, the main cause of blisters is friction.
When the skin is continually rubbed against a rough surface like the inside of a shoe, sock, poorly fitted orthotic, loose insole, or a small foreign object, irritation and inflammation occur.
The sore spot turns red. If the activity were stopped immediately, no further damage would occur.
However, if the sore continues to be irritated, the skin starts to tear. In response, the body sends fluids to fill the opening and protect the tissue underneath. Blisters can be incredibly painful to touch and to put pressure on.
Friction blisters typically resolve within a few days on their own or with home treatments.
Moisture, heat, and pressure are all culprits to the formation of blisters. They each contribute to weakening the skin and making it more vulnerable to tearing.
Here are some common risk factors for blisters with some keys for prevention: