Paper Tape Can Help Prevent Foot Blisters, Says Study

Posted: Apr 12 2016, 9:49am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 12 2016, 9:51am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Paper Tape can help Prevent Foot Blisters, Says Study
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Researhers have found a simple, cheap yet effective method to deal with painful foot blisters

If your feet are prone to blisters or what we call small liquid-filled bubbles that usually appear on the skin due to long walk, exercise, running and climbing, scientists have found a simple, cheap yet effective method for you.

All you need is some paper tape and then place it on the blister-prone area of the foot before starting any physical activity.

To test the effectiveness of method, researchers recruited 128 runners who were participating in the 155-mile ultramarathon event in 2014 and they had to cover several deserts around the globe. Paper tape was applied on just some parts of a foot of each runner while other parts are left untaped to see the difference between the two.

Researches continued to apply tape not only on the start but also in the subsequent stages of the race. The marathon took seven days to finish and at the end of it, researchers found that only 30 of 128 runners formed blisters in the areas where tape had been applied while 81 of them got blisters in untaped area. The end result was more than satisfactory.

“People have been doing studies on blister prevention for 30 or 40 years and never found anything easy that works,” said Grant Lipman, an emergency medicine physician and lead researcher.

“It’s kind of ridiculously cheap, easy method of blister prevention. You can get it anywhere. A little roll costs about 69 cents and that should last a year or two.”

Foot blister is one of the common reasons why athletes underperform in marathons and duty restrictions are imposed on about 20% of active military personnel. It can create problems in daily life too. But inexpensive paper tape can prove one of the most effective methods to deal with painful and annoying blisters.

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