The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre has a long assocation with the Oxfam Trailwalker. This is a 100 km fund raising walk that is a gruelling yet most rewarding experience.
This year the Trailwalker will take place on the 7th - 9th April through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.
This is a great way to improve your fitness and raise money for a great cause at the same time!
Many of our regular clients have already commenced their training!
Once again the Podiatrists at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre will be actively involved in helping those who participate in the Trailwalker. Our pre-event foot taping clinic will take place on the afternoon of Thursday the 6th of April. If you or your team is interested in attending this clinic please email, or phone 9650 9372 to arrange an appointment.
Good footcare is vital during both the training period and the Trailwalker. Our podiatrists are here to help you prepare for a successful and comfortable event. See our Blister FAQ's below:
Can blisters be prevented?
- Not 100 per cent, but there are ways to minimise the risk of developing them during the walk. Taping over areas of friction (bony prominences / shoe seams and bumps) help reduce friction, which causes blistering. Products such as Fixomul, Compede and Duoderm all help with friction control. If you feel “hotspots” or areas of friction you can also apply products like a petroleum jelly or Bodyglide to help reduce friction.
Should blisters be popped or lanced?
- If they are small and not painful they can just be covered and taped. Donut padding with products such as Leukofoam or Podiatry Felt can help minimise their prominence and then they can be taped over. Try not to stick anything adhesive to the blister surface itself as it will peel away the skin when it is being removed. An intact blister is sterile inside and popping it runs the risk of introducing infection or simply causing pain due to friction on raw skin. Non-stick dressings such as Melolin can be applied between the skin and tape.
What if the blister is large and painful?
- These can be lanced. Make a very small hole with a clean / sterile needle or safety pin. Drain the fluid and flush the area with some saline solution or salt water. Agitate the blistered area to help move fluid all around. Also help reduce the chance of infection by flushing afterwards with an antiseptic solution. The area can then be dressed as described above.
Are callouses good to keep on so feet are “hardened” and more resilient?
- A little bit of callous is acceptable, but larger ones should be removed. Diffuse callouses form due to friction, and run the risk of developing blisters under them during the walk. These can be very painful.
Keep your feet moisturised during your training and preparation to maintain good skin condition and integrity. See your podiatrist for taping guidelines and callous reduction as necessary. Emery boards (or similar rasping tools available at pharmacies) can be used to reduce callous areas. Make sure you have corns treated and removed by your podiatrist prior to training or the actual walk as they can be painful and alter your gait pattern. This may lead to unexpected hot spots and blistering.
Other practitioners at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre including our Physiotherapists, Myotherapists, Sports Doctors and Dietitians can also assist in all aspects of your Trailwalker training, participation, injury management and recovery. Either book online or phone 9650 9372 to arrange an appointment.
Also click here for a whole host of information about the Trailwalker including training, nutrition and additional footcare advice.
Good luck to all who participate!