JOURNAL ARTICLE

Prevention of foot blisters

Joseph J Knapik
Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals 2014, 14 (2): 95-97
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Foot blisters are the most common medical problem faced by Soldiers during foot march operations and, if untreated, they can lead to infection. Foot blisters are caused by boots rubbing on the foot (frictional forces), which separates skin layers and allows fluid to seep in. Blisters can be prevented by wearing properly sized boots, conditioning feet through regular road marching, wearing socks that reduce reduce friction and moisture, and possibly applying antiperspirants to the feet.

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