Exploring the Mechanism for Blister Prevention Using Moleskin

Rebecca J Rushton
Current Sports Medicine Reports 2020, 19 (11): 451-453
Moleskin is a commonly used material in podiatry and sports medicine for blister prevention and treatment. Common understanding regarding its protective mechanism is reduction of friction at the interface between the foot and the sock/shoe. We argue that moleskin may actually increase friction at this interface, but nonetheless prevents blisters by dispersing shear load within the skin across a wider surface area, reducing potential for skin damage.

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