Feet blisters are the bane of every runner, but a new study suggests that surgical tape may solve the problem cheaply and easily.
People have been doing studies on blister prevention for 30 or 40 years and never found anything easy that works. The roll of surgical tape, which is easy to find and should last for a couple of years, is about to change that, says the team behind the study.
Researchers placed surgical tape on blister-prone areas of the feet of 128 runners in a seven-day, 250km long ultra-marathon. If the runners had no history of blisters, the tape was placed on random areas of the feet. The tape was applied in a smooth, single layer before the race and at later stages of the event.
Among 98 runners, no blisters formed where the tape was applied, while 81 got blisters in un-taped areas, proving the best way to make it to the finish line without blisters is using tape to take care of the feet, noted the researchers.