If you plan on running a full marathon this Fall, you're probably one or two weeks into your training program. In a warm climate (like Florida) you know you'll train in swamp-like humidity for the next several months.
When you run in the heat take extra precautions. For example, you should:
The worst is when you're soaking with sweat and your skin rubs against a sock, shoe or clothing. Then, you're soaking with sweat and have a painful blister. The good news is KT TAPE® has two brand new products to care for your blister probs.
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Blister Prevention and Treatment
KT TAPE® is known for products that relieve pain while giving support to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Now they have solutions for blisters, too.
I tested KT TAPE® Blister Prevention Tape and KT TAPE® Blister Treatment Patches. Keep reading to learn more.
KT TAPE® Blister Prevention Tape
The Blister Prevention Tape is a synthetic fabric that's flexible and lightweight. It comes on a roll. Each strip is easy to tear off at the perforation. The tape forms a barrier between your skin and sock/shoe to prevent friction.
I used it on my ankle and my big toe to prevent chafing that would lead to blisters. The first time I wore it was during a 5K. I was worried about wearing newer shoes. The tape did a great job. Despite the high humidity and sweat levels, my feet survived blister-free. I even wore the KT TAPE® into the shower after the race to see if it would stay stuck. It did.
I found the most important thing was to firmly press the tape onto clean, dry skin. If you don't make a good connection at first application, it won't stay put. The package says you can wear it up to two days. I've worn it on my toe about 18 hours. On race days I wore the tape for about 4 hours.
KT TAPE® Blister Prevention Tape is thin and flexible. It protects you, and gives you freedom of movement so you don't have to stop doing what you're doing!
KT Tape® Blister Treatment Patches
The blister treatment patch is soft hydrocolloid gel. The patches are Latex-Free. It gives you a waterproof seal. The nice thing about the patch is it's flexible and moves with you. So if it's on your finger like mine was, you don't feel restricted. It's a nice cushion that protects painful blisters until they heal. I like the soft, smooth texture of the patch.
Since I burnt my finger, I can give you a first-hand account of the Blister Treatment Patch. I didn't press the first patch in place securely, so I ended up getting water under it. That made it loose.
My second attempt was successful. I had secure placement and the patch remained waterproof. I wore it for 2 days while I mowed the lawn, did dishes, ran, etc. It was 100 times better than a soggy bandage!
I was happy with the patch's performance. As you can see below, my finger was quickly improved after a couple of days.
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