Long-Distance Running and Bloody Blisters on Toes

After almost a month of no running nor badminton, I finally got into my sports shoes again this morning.  The culprit behind the sudden sedentary lifestyle?  A bloody blister on the middle toe of my right foot.

I got the ugly blister from running my first 15km last May 6.  It did not hurt that much, only immediately after the run when I had to wear closed shoes because we had a GoFacebooth event and I was supposed to be a guest.  But after I took of my shoes, it did not bother me so much.

I did a lot of research on how to treat these blood blisters and here are some of the most useful ones:

  •  no matter what happens, do NOT pop it
  • apply cold compress the first 48 hours after the first appearance of the blood blister
  • apply hot compress after the first 48 hours, preferably twice daily
  • do not use iodine or alcohol
  • do not engage in any activity involving closed shoes that would only cause more friction

And I did all of those in the hopes of making my blood blister go away after a couple of weeks.  However, after more than two weeks of no activity, the blister is still there.  Surely, it was no longer filled with blood but it remained black and ugly, there at the edge of my toe.  The worst thing is that the blood clot spread a bit under my nail so it looked like it was more than ready to die.  Fortunately, the company doctor told me that there was no need to pass around a condolence envelope because the toenail will not bid the living world adieu.

Since I was already sick of looking at my blackened toe and of wearing sandals to the office, I did more research and I stumbled upon this site that told of the merits of using pumice stone to scrub away dried up blood blisters.  I bought myself a pumice stone, soaked my foot for five minutes then gently scrubbed away layers and layers of skin.  It turned out that my blood blister was really all dried up and was just waiting for some hardcore exfoliation.  I scrubbed off about five layers of skin and I saw pink again.  And it did not hurt one bit!

After that, the only thing left was the lightening black/brown spot under my nail.  I left it alone since I definitely won’t be able to scrub under my toenail.  This time, what cleared it up was some good old spa.  JSY was finally able to go with me to Ace Water Spa and after a session of hydrotherapy, sauna and laps at the pool, my toenail is now back to normal.

DSC05237So now I can go back to running and playing badminton.  I have missed being active again and well, I need adrenaline right now.  I’m going on a beach trip a couple of weeks from now and I need to delay my cycle.  Haha!  Anyway, I went for a run this morning and I think I would be needing new shoes.  I’ve read that the feet expands during long-distance running causing blister (bloody and normal), which was evident in my last run upgrade.  And since I have plans of doing an aquathlon, I think it is imperative that I buy longer shoes.  I have to now upgrade from a 5.5 to a 6.

But with my utter lack of financial capability right now, that would have to wait…

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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