Article Courtesy Of: USSoccerplayers
Blisters can be a common medical problem on the soccer field. While you may have found the best pair of cleats out there for you, it is still possible that the cleat may rub the wrong way during your first practice or game and leave you with a blister on your foot. For soccer players, common areas for blisters include the back of the heel and in between the toes, although a blister can pop up anywhere, including around the shin guard.
A blister is an area of skin that has become irritated from rubbing. Because the skin is irritated, it has become inflamed and raised, causing a “bubble” of liquid to form underneath the skin. Unfortunately, blisters can form very quickly, so it is important at the first sign of discomfort to try and fix the problem. Blisters may go on to cause a callus, which is an area of thickened skin that has been under a lot of pressure for a long time– for example, if your cleats keep giving you blisters at certain areas on your feet on a repeated basis, the blistered skin may become a callus.
The best way to avoid getting blisters is to choose the best-fitting pair of cleats as possible. To avoid getting blisters around the shinguard, wear a pair of thin socks underneath the shinguard. The best time to shop for shoes is in the late afternoon or evening, when the feet are “largest” because you have been walking around on them all day, with blood flowing to the area. Be sure to walk around the store wearing the cleats before buying them. Even taking 10 minutes for a quick jog on the sidewalk can be beneficial in the long run, as it can show you if there is a particular part of the shoe that “rubs the wrong way.” Also, wear your new cleats to practice first, not a game, so that you can break them in a little bit. It is also a good idea to bring along your old cleats for a while until your feet are completely used to the new pair.
If you do have a blister, the best care is simply to leave it alone and let it heal on its own. Pat the area dry, put Neosporin on the blister, and bandage it. If you have to continue playing on the blister, bandage the area in a way so that the band-aid or gauze won’t come off during the game– you can wrap sports tape around your entire foot to ensure that the bandage won’t slide around. Until it is completely healed, keep the blister dry and clean. Don’t attempt to pop the blister on your own. If the area looks red or infected, or if you are having trouble walking regularly, you may want to take a trip to the doctor to see if they need to do anything more.