A rainy day can’t ruin an afternoon of roller-skating, and neither can a blistering hot summer. But rub a few blisters, and suddenly your favorite activity sounds a lot less appealing. Blisters are one of the most common roller-skating injuries. They may be a minor pain, but skating is a lot smoother without them. Prevent blisters while skating with these tips from Wheels.
How to Prevent Blisters
- Wear great skates. We keep our skate rentals in great condition, but if you’re having trouble with blisters, you may want to invest in your own skates. When you break in a new pair of skates, they conform to the shape of your foot, which minimizes blisters and hot spots. If you’re renting skates, make sure they’re the right size and laced tightly. When there’s too much space between your foot and the boot, it creates friction, which causes blisters.
- Check your stance. Are you a toe pusher? If you push with just your toes, you’re more likely to develop hot spots. Instead of pushing off with just your toes, push off with your whole foot, which spreads out the pressure and minimizes friction.
- Get padded. If you feel a blister forming, cushion the spot. Wear an extra layer of socks or, if you only have a few hot spots, wear a blister bandage underneath your socks. Either way, make sure your socks fit snugly, or you’ll only contribute to the blister problem.
Ready to roll again? We’ll see you at Wheels skating center in Odenton.