PS. It wasn't MRSA, but the doctor was fascinated with the prodigious amount of pus coming out of my blister.
Before I would skate, I would tape up almost every part of my foot and I would still get blisters, or I would just wear parts of my skin out until I was bleeding. I kept thinking "One of these days, my feet will get tough enough to skate without pain!" but it just wasn't happening. I should have gotten stock in tape! Eventually, I bought new skates, and my new boot made things better, but I was still getting blisters.
|Lucy Lastkiss saved my feet.|
The downside of Miracle Wool or Smart Wool socks is the price; they are more pricey than regular socks. When I bought my first pair, it cost me fifteen dollars, but I have never worn a pair out. I own about three pairs which I rotate through on a day to day basis. Since I have worn these socks, I have not gotten a blister, not even once. I also am starting my fourth season with the boots I bought in my rookie year. I surprised the Riedell rep at Rollercon when I told him how old my skates were. He was shocked by the fact that they were in such good shape, and I really do attribute the lack of wear and tear to the socks. Also, I haven't had to tape my feet for years; I don't even carry it for emergencies anymore.
These socks may not work for everyone; I know that some people are allergic to wool, but I have been lucky so far. Tannibal Lector of Oly told me at Rollercon that she skates barefoot, which blew my mind. She also told me that "You don't want to go anywhere near her skates because they reek." That, coming from a derby girl who deals with many nasty smells on a daily basis, made me shiver. Some people like to skate in really thin socks as well, and for them I would suggest the Miracle Wool thinner sock. And of course, some people will always want to wear the cute socks. Lucy Lastkiss had a great suggestion; "wear the miracle wool socks and cut the feet out of the cute socks to wear over them." She's such a savvy lady.
If you're still suffering from blisters, here is a guide for caring for them. I do NOT suggest that you do any kind of surgical stuff to yourself unless you sterilize your implements well. MRSA and infections are no joke.