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On a recent long run, a bad cramp forced me to change my running style which resulted in blisters and soft tissue damage to the ball of my foot. What is the best way to treat this injury after a run?

The blisters need to be dried out, so try rubbing surgical spirits on them. You will need to rest, in order to settle the soft tissue damage. Remember, the foot is an area with poor blood supply, so healing will take a fairly long time. You need to be patient and give your foot time to heal properly. If you like, you can cycle to keep up your fitness level. Once the foot has fully recovered, you can slowly get back to your running.

Franklin Dubowitz – Modern Athlete Expert

Medical Orthotist and Podiatrist at the Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics