Magazine article Work & Family Life

Prone to Blisters from Running? Try Paper Tape

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Prone to Blisters from Running? Try Paper Tape

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Blisters happen to just about everyone. And, as most of us know from personal experience, they hurt. That may be why Stanford University exercise researcher Grant Lipman led a study of how to prevent blisters that was published in The Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

For the study, Dr. Lipman and his colleagues turned to a group for whom blisters are almost inevitable: long-distance runners. The researchers signed up 130 men and women who took part in a multistage ultramarathon in 2014.

Before the first stage of the race, the runners visited Dr. Lipman's medical tent and had their feet taped. Runners with a history of blisters (most of them) showed where they had been prone to develop sores in the past. Those areas, usually the toes, were covered with thin tape. …

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