We’ve all done it, worn a pair of new shoes to try and break them in and ended up with blisters. I’d planned a day of shopping, and rather than walking in heels and getting sore feet I decided to wear my ballet pumps, and to ensure they didn’t rub I even wore socks. As the leather was stiff it gradually rubbed the back of my heels away and I didn’t realise the extent of the damage until I got home. The skin on both of my heels was pushed back, sore and moist which made it stick to my socks and felt horrendous, I couldn’t stand anything touching my heels.
So I rolled up my jeans to stop them from hitting my heels and put on a pair of flip flops so that my blisters could scab. Going to bed was more than a little tricky as my heels remained sticky and sore, catching on the duvet cover and oozing as it tried to heal. By the morning my blisters had turned to scabs, but each time that I flexed my foot or walked they would crack and ooze again and were incredibly uncomfortable.
I wore flip flops for the rest of the week, until I needed to wear closed over shoes at the weekend, and as I slipped on a pair of socks and put my feet into my shoes it pressed on the scabs on the back of my heels and put me in agony to walk, immediately I took my shoes off and removed my socks. Desperate to find a way to wear closed over shoes by the evening I put a status on Facebook and asked my friends for advice on how to protect my heels, and several people posted links on my timeline to Compeed blister plasters. I didn’t want to use a normal plaster as from past experiences they don’t allow a cut to heal, but simply cover it over and make it all white and wrinkly and gooey, which you then have to try and peel off, getting tape stuck over cuts and allow it to dry out and scab all over again, and as I’d already suffered with my scabs since the start of the week I didn’t want to undo the healing process with a regular cloth plaster.
So I hopped into my car and drove to the nearest supermarket to pick up a pack of Compeed Blister Plasters in a size medium. The blister plasters are a clear thick gel in an oval shape which you peel from a paper backing and stick directly over a blister or scab. The blister plaster moulds to the skin and is smooth and discreet all over, absorbing moisture and creating a protective cushion of instant pain relief and maintaining optimum healing conditions. It can stay in place for up to several days and will detach itself when ready. If you want to remove the plaster the packaging advises you slowly stretch it along the skin until it comes off.
With my blister plasters in place I was able to bend and flex my feet and walk normally without them pulling or peeling off. The ultimate test came when it was time to try on my 6″ heels ready for the evening, but this time I couldn’t wear socks. Nervously I slipped my feet in and took a few steps with the biggest grin on my face as I realised it wasn’t painful at all, my poor heels felt completely normal, and I wore them for the entire evening lasting a little over six hours without any further damage or pain.
My heels are healing well and are perfectly protected by the Compeed Blister Plasters. Thanks to the plasters my scabs don’t crack when I bend my feet, they don’t catch on my socks and trousers and don’t rub or hurt in closed over shoes. They are quick to apply, convenient to wear with all shoe types, incredibly comfortable, clean and allow the wound to heal quickly. For just £6.00 for a pack of five plasters, Compeed have rescued me from my new-shoe nightmare and I’ll forever keep them as an essential part of my first aid kit.