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Blisters:  Prevent Band-Aids from Damaging your Hosiery!

Blisters: Prevent Band-Aids from Damaging your Hosiery!

 

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Most blisters occur on the foot, usually at the back of the heel, and this is the place where most of us will also find a run or stress on the knit of our hosiery.  Band-aids that stick to the knit are no stranger to this dilemma.

Tip #1 to prevent band-aids from sticking to hosiery: Use patch band-aids instead of strip band-aids

Getting yourself some good quality band-aids always helps, especially the kind that are a patch rather than a strip. Why? For starters, the patch has adhesive all around the edges and allows for better stick to the skin, as well as give during movement.

The strip band-aid does not hold as well to the skin because it is designed with adhesive on either end of the strip and a minuscule portion around the absorbent pad. This permits the mid portion to fold open during movement, slowly exposing the adhesive to the air -- and subsequently the knitted fibres of your hosiery!  This is how the problem happens, and for the most part you will not be successful in un-sticking a band-aid from your hose without creating a tear or a run.

That's why band-aids come in different shapes and sizes, and are engineered for use on different parts of the body. 

Our rule of thumb? Focus on what type of band-aid you’ll need. Ask yourself, is the skin stretching and flexing like the skin of your heel or knee, or is it non-flexing, like your shin? This usually helps in your choice of band-aid.

Tip #2 to prevent band-aids from sticking to hosiery: Try liquid band-aids or some other form of "blister stop"

Also, consider trying a liquid band-aid, or apply some form of "Blister Stop" prior to wear, available at most drug stores.

Tip #3 to prevent band-aids from sticking to hosiery: Wear an anklet underneath your hosiery

Another simple solution is to put a sockette or anklet over the offending boo-boo and wear your hosiery over top. Not only will this protect the band-aid from lifting and sticking to your hose, it will also give added protection from wear and tear to the hosiery you’ve chosen to wear for the occasion. This also works in reverse by wearing the anklet over top of your hose to provide added compression and protection against friction wear in closed foot shoes. A total win-win!

Now that you know how to care for your hosiery while you treat your blisters, you can confidently strut your stuff without ruining your look!