Boot season is gone, and ladies are starting to wear beautiful, but highly uncomfortable shoes. Also, lovers of the outdoors are lacing up their shoes and going for long runs in the forests, preparing for marathons, or just enjoying the fresh air. What do all of these people have in common? Painful, uncomfortable, ugly blisters. But the doctors discovered that blisters can be avoided with paper tape.
A team of researchers followed a couple of ultra-marathon runners all over the world in order to determine whether or not blisters can be avoided with paper tape. It seems that their theory was correct, and the ordinary household item is a real treasure when it comes to avoiding the painful and debilitating pustule.
Grant Lipman has been working as a doctor for endurance athletes for ten years now. Lipman has accompanied the athletes all over the world, from Chile to China, to Antarctica.
Even though the conditions were different in the various locations, he has accompanied his patients, the most common problem that the athletes encountered were blisters. The pustules were a great inconvenience due to the fact that they are really painful, and they can debilitate an individual.
But athletes are not the only ones affected by the vesicles. Every person in the world has, at some point, experienced the painful inconvenience of having a blister. Not only do they stop you from wearing the shoes that caused the pustule in the first place, but they also hurt when you walk, depending on the place where it sprung.
Luckily, Dr. Lipman took it upon himself to find an easy way of avoiding the pesky, painful, debilitating sores. According to him, blisters can be avoided with paper tape.
The emergency doctor discovered that paper tape, or surgical tape, can be used to prevent foot blisters. According to his experiments, when the tape was placed on the feet of the patients prior to working out, they stopped the formation of pustules.
The team of researchers that conducted the study wrapped the feet of 128 runners with paper tape. They tried to cover all of the areas of the feet that were prone to blistering.
After the participants ran approximately 155 miles over the course of seven days, the doctors analyzed their feet. From the total of 128 runners, 98 were blister-free in the areas that were taped. Also, 81 developed blisters in the areas of the feet that were not taped.
The conclusion of the researchers was that blisters can be avoided with paper tape, so if you ever feel like your shoes are uncomfortable and might cause you a painful pustule, apply some surgical tape in your known sensitive areas.
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