Blisters are 'easy to avoid with right knowledge'

Published: 27th April 2009

Blisters are 'easy to avoid with right knowledge'
Although many people may consider blisters to be a minor problem which will take care of themselves, everyone should be particularly careful, according to a podiatrist.

Serving in a London Marathon or two as a foot specialist, Hadyn Kelly told the Times that blisters, if left untreated, are prone to breaking and can get particularly messy should an infection take hold.

The expert noted that proper-fitting shoes that have been tried and tested six or more times should be used over long-distance runs, though another important addition is a comfortable and well-fitting pair of socks, with a second pair of hosiery on hand should things get uncomfortable.

Mr Kelly added that if a person wants to try any treatments for their feet such as surgical spirit, they ought to do it in training as the wrong solution could prove to be very uncomfortable indeed.

On Sunday, Darren Stone, a 22-year-old from Taunton in Somerset, set the world record for the fastest completion of the London marathon while dressed as a cartoon character, doing the race in a Bananaman costume in three hours, 36 minutes.

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