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I'll start by saying that my feet are pathetic! Unless I'm wearing soft fabric shoes they rub, blister and ache if anything touches the skin between the soles and my ankle bones. This is quite a problem as I can't spend my life in flip-flops and trainers. Sometimes it's nice to wear pretty or waterproof shoes! I first tried these blister plasters several years ago and as the range has grown I've tried them all and wouldn't be without them. The Product --------------- Compeed Blister Plasters are made from a "Hydrocolloid" material (biodegradable and non-breathable), that has the look and feel of thin silicone. When the plaster is placed over a blister it forms a protective waterproof barrier that cushions the skin and prevents dirt and other impurities from getting in. Due to the nature of the plaster a scab can't be formed so skin does not dry out and tighten. Blister plasters promote natural healing and reduce pain far more effectively than regular plasters and wound dressings by locking moisture in, they also speed up healing time. Compeed Blister Plasters come in a small plastic case and each self-adhesive plaster has a peel away backing. Varieties And Price ------------------------ These plasters are available in several types including: Heel, shaped heel, toes, underfoot, mixed pack, bunion, small misc. and blister extreme. The prices vary from £3 - £12 depending on pack size and plaster type. My Experience ------------------ I think I must have destroyed my feet as a teenager. I wore the most ridiculous shoes and boots, no toe was too narrow and no heel too high and now I'm paying the price. Unless I'm wearing shoes with the texture of slippers I will have blister within half an hour of walking. I went for several professional shoe fittings and the verdict was that I was wearing the correct shoes, it's my feet that are the problem. My Boyfriend does a lot of hiking through all manner of terrain and suggested I tried blister plasters and thank goodness he did! They really are life savers and once on the pain just goes away! My favourite in the range are the shaped heel plasters by Caroline Wozniacki as they form perfectly to the heel/ankle area but also work well on the top of the foot where the rim of ballet pumps rest. Once applied, the plasters form a second skin that is barely visible and feels comfortable. The packs says to leave them on until they come away naturally and I follow this advice as by that point the blister is almost entirely healed. With certain shoes I use blister plasters from the start as I know there's no hope of being blister free. This way I don't form a blister in the first place and the plaster allows me to break the shoes in so that they are more comfortable in the future. I honestly can't see a downside to the plasters themselves but I do have a few tiny niggles... Why are they generally supplied in packs of five? I have an even number of feet and I'd expect that this would be reflected in a product designed for them. After two uses I have a single plaster left over so have to buy another pack or develop a limp. Lastly I wish they were a little cheaper, not because I don't think they're good quality but because I have to use them all the time. I'm considering buying in bulk online to save myself some money and have a good stock at home. Recommendation ---------------------- I can happily recommend these blister plasters as even though they might be slightly pricier than others they are also the best by far in my opinion.
Compeed Blister Plasters....Something every woman should carry in her handbag and something every household should have in their first aid box. I have actually found that they come in different shapes. There are ones that fit perfectly on your heel and oval ones for elsewhere on your foot! They're easy to apply, breathable, secure and stay in place once they're on. You don't even need to apply a new one after a shower! They cushion the area so it doesn't hurt when you walk either! After a couple of days your blisters start to heal and you can enjoy the comfort of walking again in no time! The price varies for these blister pads. In places like Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets, the prices are a little higher. If you're really lucky, places like Poundland and the 99p store do them occasionally! In all honesty, i'd pay a little bit more for these blister pads as they're absolutely worth it! Once you've finished this review, I'd advise going out and purchasing some...You never know when your next blister may rear it's painful, red head! Compeed to the rescue!!
About Compeed = = = = = = = = Compeed do a large range of products to help with problems such as Blisters, Corns, Bunions, Cracked Heels, Calluses and more. The product I am reviewing is the Blister plasters which come in a range of different sizes including small and medium. Although I am reviewing the blister plasters they also do other types of plaster for other areas that may get blister such as toes and under your feet. I am going to review the medium plasters as I recently had to use these after buying a new pair of shoes and trainers. Although I have heard of this brand before it wasn't really a brand I was very familiar with, how-ever I recently got sent some free samples of this product to try which is why I have decided to write a review about it. The plasters are actually made from hydrocolloid technology which is an active gel with moisture absorbing particles. The plasters act like a second skin to support the natural moisture balance to relieve blister pain instantly, protect and cushion the blister against rubbing and to offer fast wound healing. They also claim that the plaster should stay in place for several days. Price/Availability = = = = = = = = Prices may vary depending on what type of plaster you buy. For a pack of 5 extreme medium sized plasters it will cost you around £5.25, this may seem a little pricey; how-ever the plasters do last for up to 6-7 days before they start becoming detached. You can purchase the plasters from Boots, Superdrug and other stores. Other products in the range includes: * Blisters on Toes Plasters * Underfoot Plasters * Anti Blister Stick * Blister Mix Plasters * Corn between Toes Plasters * Callus Plasters * Bunion Plasters * Cracked Heel Overnight Cream Please note that prices may vary in different stores and the full product range may not be available in all stores. Using the Plasters = = = = = = = = I received the extreme medium sized plasters which come in a small handy box perfect for popping in a big to take with you wherever you go. The plasters claim to relieve pain instantly which is what everyone wants when they have a blister on their foot. I recently purchased a new pair of trainers and they were rubbing at the back slightly, I ignored this at first, how-ever after wearing the trainers for a day I had a small blister appear which was sore. I wanted to wear the trainers the following day to work as despite them causing a blister on my heel they were actually very comfortable. It seems as though I received the plasters at the right time. I opened the small plastic box which was green in colour and held a total of 5 plasters. The box wasn't the easiest thing to get into; how-ever I thought this was a great idea. When you first open the box there should be a small piece of card about how to use the plasters. They suggest cleaning and drying the skin before use, ensuring that the blister area is free from cream or oils (this could stop the plaster from sticking). I then removed the bottom paper from the plaster ensuring I avoided touching the adhesive side. The bottom paper had Compeed on it so it's easy to determine which the top is and which the bottom side is. I applied the plaster over the blister, ensuring that the edges of the plaster were smoothed down. It states to remove the plaster when it starts to become detached. I found the plaster very easy to apply, how-ever I did think that it felt a little strange as I was used to just sticking a normal fabric plaster on blisters, which did use to cushion the plaster a little, how-ever I could still feel some pain. I think the plaster looks a lot less discrete than a normal one, probably due to the colour and smoothness of the plaster. This plaster looked and felt extremely smooth when touching it. I put my trainers on and headed out the door to go to work. I put the small box with the other plasters in, in my bag just in case this one did fall off during the day. I got to work as normal and carried out my normal work for the next 6-7hrs. Over this period of time I felt no pain, despite walking the 15mins to get to my work. Although I know I still had a blister on the back of my heel it certainly didn't feel like it at all. The trainers weren't rubbing and causing it to even feel sore. I was really impressed with this. Another good thing I noticed was that the plastic stayed stuck firmly all day, despite my feet getting a little hot due to the warmer weather. The plaster stayed firmly on the blister for a good few days, even when I was in the shower the plaster stayed firmly attached. I decided to remove the plaster after 3-4 days as I wanted to wear flip flops over the weekend so I didn't have the need to wear the plaster any longer. I pulled the plaster off slowly stretching along the skin as suggested. They tell you not to pull the plaster upwards. When removing the plaster I noticed that my blister wasn't looking sore and was in fact healing very nicely. I have worn the plasters on another occasion when I was out on the town for a hen night. I purchased some new shoes and these started to rub early into the night and I had another 6hrs at least wearing my new shoes. They had rubbed on the back of my heel and were causing some slight pain and discomfort. I really wanted to go and join the girls on the dance floor so I opened my bag and took out the pack of plaster I put in there just in case. I applied one of the plasters as before and put my shoe back on. Once again the plaster did a fantastic job as I couldn't feel any pain or discomfort despite dancing with the other girls for most of the night. The plasters saved my night from me being miserable and sore from the blister. Overall Opinion = = = = = = = I was really impressed with the plasters as they do exactly what they say by taking away the pain of a blister and giving you comfort when wearing your shoes. I love that the plasters comes in a range of different sizes and shapes suitable for different areas of the feet. The small plastic box in which the plasters come in, is a fantastic idea and I always have these in my bag with me now, where-ever I go just in case I might need them. The plasters are so simple and quick to apply and they last for a good 4-5 days if you need them to. These plasters are far better than using normal fabric or waterproof plasters which come off within a few hours and doesn't take the pain of the blister away. I have already recommended the plaster to some of my friends and also my sister whom often gets blisters form new shoes. Once I have used the free plasters I received I will definitely be purchasing some more. Every woman should have these in her hand bag. 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I had to buy some of these plasters last year when I had gone on a camping trip for the weekend. We had gone walking as we had brought our Springer spaniel dog with us and she needs loads of exercise. I had bought some new trainers especially for the camping trip so was looking forward to all the outdoor activities. After we had been walking for about an hour my feet started to really hurt me. My trainers were rubbing me at the back and also on one of my toes. By the time we got back to our tent I was in agony. I didn't want to risk spoiling the whole weekend so went to the chemist nearby to see if they could suggest anything. The lady told me about these plasters and really recommended them she had used them herself and told me they were brilliant. When I got the pack back to the tent and opened them to put on my feet I was surprised by how simple they looked. They basically looked like little cushions. They were clear in color. When I applied them to my blister I was really surprised by how well they stuck to my skin. I hoped they would work as my daughter wanted to go on a bike ride later. I have to say they were amazing! They act as a barrier between your shoe and the blister on your foot so that it does not get rubbed. I did wonder if they would come off after we had walked a bit the next day but they did not move at all. The relief they provided was instant and lasted ages. I would have had a ruined weekend if it was not for these so I would definitely recommend them. They are not particularly cheap I paid £5.50 for mine but they are well worth it as they do actually work unlike normal plasters which will just rub off.
I buy A LOT of silly high heeled shoes and tend to suffer during and after wearing them. Invariably I end up with the odd blister around my toe and heel areas and as good as plasters are there are more soothing and faster relief products available to buy. These Compeed Blister Plasters are a godsend in my opinion! The blister patches come in a small green see through plastic box, my packet contained 8 small blister patches in it. The box is really handy as it keeps the patches safe and protected as well as hygienic. It is small enough to fit in a small pocket of your bag and be discreet. The labels (also green/turquoise) have a lovely picture of a foot and the targeted area for blisters. All the product info and instructions are also on the box. The Blister Plasters The plasters have a fully adhesive back that you peel off and place directly onto your blister area. The plaster is pretty cushioned and thicker than your average plaster, which I often find are way too thin and flexible on the area of abrasion. The plaster should cover the entire blister in order to protect it from dirt and infections. Apparently these Compeed Blister Patches contains hydrocolloid technology, which relieves pain as well as speeding up the healing process. I can definitely agree that it relieves the pain, as it creates a thick enough layer to stop your shoes rubbing too much on the blister. As for speeding up the healing process I haven't noticed that my blisters heal any quicker than a normal plaster. However my feet feel a lot more protected with one of these plasters on. These Compeed Blister Patches have a lot more staying power than regular plasters. They stay on my blister easily for a couple of days, then start to peel around the edges rather than completely falling off into my shoes or socks. These are not cheap plasters, costing £5.25 from Boots for a pack of 8 small plasters. I only really buy these when they are on offer; however I have notice that Boots do their own versions for half the price that I will probably give a try soon enough.
I tend to get blisters on my feet quite regularly through wearing canvas shoes and little ballet pumps without socks. I can wear a pair of ballets for about 6 months without any socks and then one day a blister will strike me down! I can usually deal with the ones on the side of my feet or on my little toes but I really cannot bear the ones on the back of my foot. I used to just put the normal brown plasters on the back in an attempt to stop the friction, but they simply don't offer any padding and fall off way too easily. This is where the beauty of the Compeed plaster comes in. They are wonderfully cushioned and give a good gap between your blister and the back of the shoe. With the large amount of cushioning they provide, you'd expect them to be a little bulky, but I find that I can still get my shoes on without them peeling off as I put my feet in. They're also really sticky and don't fall off during the day. Sometimes if I forget I'm wearing them and get in the shower, they can still occasionally survive the shower! The price does seem a little steep for the Compeed plasters. They are around £3/4 for a small packet, and you can get own brand Superdrug/Boots ones a lot cheaper. These cheaper ones simply don't offer the same amount of cushioning as the Compeed ones, and I've found that they often start to peel off throughout the day. The Compeed plasters also seem to give the blister a bit more air to heal compared to the other brands I've tried. When I used to wear the Boots ones, I found that hardly any air got to it when I wore the plaster and it took twice as long to heal. Obviously only wear these plasters if you have to wear shoes, as the blisters will heal so much more quickly when the air can get to them and dry them out!
The first time anyone in my household ever bought and tried out these plasters was when my sister stood into the inside of her straightener so that they enveloped her foot (don't ask me how she did this!). It was a gruesome sight and she was in bandages at first for fear that things would rub against her skin and irritate it making it much worse. My Mum went to the pharmacy the next day (this occurred late at night, as for some reason she'd straighten her hair before bed, keeping me up to all hours of the night because we shared a room as children) and she came back with these. The Brand: Compeed is a relatively well known brand although not the kind that might pop up into everyday conversation. It deals with healing in numerous forms such as plasters for blisters and callouses and cole sore patches. It is a pretty decent work of ingenuity as the plaster basically acts as an additional layer of skin which leaves breathing room so that your actual skin can heal underneath without any interruption. The product: The blister plaster acts as another layer of skin and also provides the healing area with soothing so as to lessen the ill effects of whatever you seemed to have hurt, and at least make the awkward healing process a little better. It claims to provide the following: quick pain relief, faster healing times, and protection from any further blistering. As well as this the plaster itself is pretty long wearing, as when I use them I can often keep them on for more than 2-3 day, but for the sake of hygiene I do tend to replace them a little more often than this. They claim to 'repel' dirt and bacteria, which admittedly is something most plasters do, but the composition of this plaster is a kind of water-proof material and so it has the added benefit of this. The product is available in 3 sizes, your standard small, medium and a little unorthodox 'toes'. For most blisters a small plaster would suffice as it is just about the right size to cover ones you might get from shoe irritation for example. The toes variety is made especially so that it can remain firmly in place at the toes, which is usually something normal plasters fail at, as they are not quite so flexible and the material usually cannot withstand any sweating or movement from this area. This is one aspect of the plaster I particularly like, as when my sister attempted to burn her toes off, this variety was very useful indeed. My thoughts: I enjoy this product and would recommend it. For the price, its not something I would say is required for all, if not even most injuries, as most don't tend to require such explicit and expensive (!) treatment. However for things such as really irritated blisters, or even burns it is really excellent, especially as the fact that it stays so firmly in place removes the fear that it will come off, which for me is always pretty painful (I'm the kind of person who prefer to just whip off my plasters, not slowly tug at them - I find this much more painful). Price and availability: You can purchase most Compeed products in local pharmacies however if you do you must always put up with the ridiculously high prices most pharmacies tend to boast. For example, the first time we got these plasters you paid a hefty £6.99 which is way too much, in my opinion, to spend on plasters regardless of how complex they may seem. From then on we've always bought ours off the internet and many online stores tend to sell them. For example on Ebay, our 'store' of choice, you tend to be able to buy a pack, or even in bulk for about £2-3 less than you would spend in a shop. This is definitely worth looking into, as I find you can always spot out a bargain online. Amazon sells a single 'medium' pack of the plasters for £3 which is great value, especially if you compare it to pharmacy prices! You can also buy in bulk, which is ordinary a smart move money-wise, for around £5, but most only tend to sell in packs of 2-5. Conclusion: This is a great product, should you need it, but otherwise I'd stick to ordinary plasters for any blister issues.
With all new shoes I usually get the odd blister, also I get them from general wear if i decide not to put socks on during a night out. We all get blisters to varying degrees and if the blisters are in an awkward position they can often be very painful to walk on and wear shoes with. The Compeed Blister Plasters answered all my prayers when I began using them and I havn't looked back since. I am now wearing shoes in confidence knowing that if I don happen to get a blister, these handy things will help me out. The Compeed Blister Plasters cost around the £4-£5 mark for 5 plasters, but if you have a blister that is causing a lot of problems you will soon realise that they are worth the expense. I think they are expensive on the face of it, paying a pound for a single plaster does seem extremely expense, but they are ultimately worth it. The Compeed Blister Plasters are available in places like Boots and Superdrug, also some supermarkets and pharmacies do stock them aswell. The plasters contain a product called artificial elastomer which basically protects the blister from catching due to its foamy consistency. The way the plasters have been designed is all to benefit the sufferer and results in a comfortable experience. The Compeed Blister Plasters are highly adhesive plasters designed specifically to treat and protect blisters from further rubbing and possible infection. The backing can be peeled off easily and the plaster applied to cover the blister. You can then either leave the plaster on until it comes away on its own, or remove it before bathing or just replace it after a few days. I always clean the area around the blister before appling one of these to minimise infection, and protecting the blister is the key to healing it. Once applied I can often walk much easier and with little pain due to the protection offered. They really do give me a more comfortable experience. I love the simplicity of the design, as they are designed to act like a bubble and protect the blister from being disturbed when you put your shoes on. Pain is minimised and I can continue with my day without the worry of sore blisters. The price is obviously a negative for this product and I don't think I can avoid knocking a star off for this reason, but they really are worth the expense if you have particularly bad blisters on your toes or heels of your feet.
I do not get blisters very often, but when I do, they seem to attack with quite some vengence. I recently ended up with a blister on the ball of my foot after spending a bit too much time on the treadmill in the gym. It was quite painful, and I found that I could only just put weight on my foot when walking!! My mother in law noticed I was limping around her house when we visited and she asked me what was wrong. When I told her, she offered me a Compeed Blister Plaster, and hoping it would at least give me some relief, I accepted. The plaster itself is basically a big, squishy plaster, which is a bit thicker than normal plasters are. There is a peelable back which allows you to stick this to your skin, and this comes off quite easily. I found this to be really easy to put on my foot, and I could hardly feel it when it was on my skin. I popped my sock back on over the plaster, and attempted to walk on my foot. I must say that there was some degree of relief on the blister, but it was not very much and I actually found myself taking it off after about an hour of wearing it. It did take some of the pain away when I was walking, but I think it increased the pressure on the blister a little bit, as it seemed to hurt more when I was not walking on it, or putting weight on my foot. This pressure disappeared as soon as I removed the plaster. I do think that maybe the problem was the positioning of the blister on my foot, and maybe this is just one of those areas where there is no relief for the pain other than taking all weight off the foot. I did try another one of these when I got a blister on the back of my heel a short while ago, and I found the results to be a bit better this time round. The blister plaster stopped the rubbing of my shoes on the blister, but I think the thickness of the plaster didn't help much, as it meant there was more pressure on the blister area as there was less of a gap between my shoe and my skin when I was walking. This time, I kept the plaster on all day, but I found that the pressure was too much again and had to take this off. I have since resorted back to using normal plasters for blisters, as they seem to do a better job and do not add any extra pressure to my blisters. I do know other people who have used these blister plasters, and they say that they worked really well for them, but personally I did not find them so wonderful and I do not think I will be using them again. I am glad my mother in law supplied them for me, as I would not have been happy should I have had to pay for these items. You can buy these Compeed Blister Plasters in Boots, Superdrugs and in some of the larger supermarkets, although I am not sure as to how much they cost. I give them a 3 out of 5 stars, as they somewhat did what I needed them to, but not any where near as well as expected and I think normal, household plasters do a better job. *This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Compeed Blister Plasters: surely this is just another product on the market cashing in on peoples discomfort while actually making no difference whatsoever? That is just what I thought before I used these. I would see them in the shops and think 'I bet they are no better than a regular plaster'. My friend was the person to prove me wrong After getting a blister from a new pair of shoes, my friend insisted on me using one of Compeed's blister plasters because he could see how much pain I was in. I thought it was worth a try and I have never looked back since. The packaging of this product is in a green/turquoise box with a picture of a foot wearing a blister plaster. Underneath it says 'Compeed' clearly so one cannot mix it up with another product in the medicine cabinet (which is where I keep mine). The box just pops by bending down the flap. Those who have weak fingers may find this difficult but for most people, it is fine. Inside, you will find that each pack contains five medium sized blister plasters which in my opinion are quite sizable and will cover most sized blisters. They are clear but get yellower and thicker towards middle which I am assuming is where the medicated stuff is. The application of these plasters is simple. Just peel off the back and stick over the blister. Compeed have made this easier for their consumers as they have separated one edge which helps one avoid the tedious moment of trying to separate the sticky part from the plastic. However the most important question is 'Do these blister plasters really work?' Yes they do. I would go as far as to say they are a miracle cure for painful, blistered feet. For the backs of the heels, these are perfect. Compeed have devised these plasters to be as discrete as possible and tend to be noticeable on the foot (unless it becomes tacky and dirt starts to slip under the plaster). These have been a must for my friends and I for a night out with new shoes (heels in particular). On the other hand these are not particularly great for blisters on the balls of the feet. The problem is mainly that the plasters slip away from the affected area since it is an active part of the foot. However, I have used these blister plasters to ease pain on a blood blister just underneath my toes but cut slits into the plaster to fit around my toes (although on the packet recommend you should not). This worked perfectly and did stay put. I would therefore recommend that anyone considering using Compeed Blister Plaster's on the ball of the foot to only do so if they pan on making incisions in the product to put in between ones toes. So would I recommend these plasters to others? I would most definitely. These blister plasters truly are a life saver for blister-clad feet. Although this product is not ideal for the balls of the feet, the plasters really do sooth feet from painful blister. These are a must buy for any medicine cabinet/first aid kit.
Now these may be one of the most expensive products on the feet isle (if there is such thing) but I think they are absolutely fantastic and 100% worth that bit more. The product --> These come in quite a modern packaging which is green, and has a little clasp to keep it shut tight. It isn't a very large packet, which is great because it fits nicely inside my handbag! The plasters themselves are clear, which means they don't look messy on my feet! They come in a vary of sizes, which tend to fit certain parts of your feet, such as back of the ankle and toes! Which is great, because they fit better. I really like these more than plasters because they actually work! Its fab how they do it, and Im not quite sure how, but they do! They stay in place for hours, fit well, move with the skin (instead of being stuck down and hurting when you walk) and allow for my dancing shoes/sandals to go back on! They also work instantly, there is no cream required. They help to repel germs, bacteria and water (I've been in water withthese on before and they STAY fixed on) so its brilliant. The most I've got out of mine is probably 2-3 days, and that is just as a protection for a blister I got from sandals. I could still have a shower, it wasn't grotty - it really helped to clear it up. They work by using 'hydro cure' which provides optimum conditions for healing! Cost --> If you can get them on offer - great! They vary from £3-£6, but they can be got in different sized packs too. A pack of 5 medium are around £4.50 from places like boots. Recommended!
Getting a blister from a pair of heels is a rite of passage for us ladies. Unfortunately you just have to sacrifice your feet to the sexy shoes and deal with the pain in the morning, when you have to squeeze your very sore feet into any form of sock or shoe and hobble around for the next day or two! I'm sorry gentlemen I'm very aware you suffer the perils of vanity too and also get blisters on your feet! Alas there is something out there to help deal with the offending blisters! Introducing..... (Drum roll....) Compeed Blister Relief Plasters! *Price and availability* They are available from most chemists and supermarkets and priced around £3.99 for five. *Description* The Compeed Blister Plasters come in a sealed in green plastic box. This protects the plasters and keeps them clean and tear free. You get five Compeed Blister Plasters in the box. They are shaped like an oval but not symmetrical. This is useful because ankles and toes are pretty tricky to navigate round so it helps in getting enough contact for the plaster to stick. They are see through on the whole, but don't be misled in thinking you can wear them with strappy sandals and you won't see the plaster. You can tell that one is on and the middle area of the plaster, the more spongy bit is a little more opaque. They are much thicker than any other regular plasters and extremely sticky, once you have taken the sticky back plastic paper off. I have been swimming, had baths and showers and still flinched when I had to take the plaster off! Each plaster is around 42mm x 68mm in size so you are getting a fair bit of plaster for your money. The plasters have a thicker sponge layer in the middle designed to cushion your blister. Compeed This has a special 'Hydro Cure' system which mean that they can absorb moisture from your own skin to help form a protective coating around it. They also allow the blister to breathe so that it starts to heal. As a quick summary, the plaster acts as a layer of skin, protects the damaged area and allows the new skin to grow and heal in a safe cushioned environment. *My experience* The plasters are really good and give relief to tired poorly feet. It's a shame they are so expensive though! They are easy to apply, as long as the designated area is dry and clean, the plaster is easy to stick in. Care does need to be taken though to make sure that the thicker part of the plaster is in contact with the blistered area. It is quite unusual to stick something sticky on top of a broken skin, usually plasters have a non sticky bit to be in contact with the damaged skin. These plasters work differently as they are designed to stay in place until the foot is well on the way to recovery and you should let the plaster come off naturally with time, giving the blister a long time undercover to heal. Once the plaster was on, I was able to wear shoes (a different pair) that had previously been impossible to wear as they put pressure on the blister. This is great as it stops the blister getting caught and perhaps getting infected. I'd recommend the plasters to anyone suffering from this problem, they are effective and really good quality, which you are definitely paying for.
I don't think I've ever found a pair of shoes that hasn't given me blisters or just rubbed all the skin off the back of my heels for the first few wears, so every time I get new shoes my feet end up covered in plasters. I usually just use normal plasters but last time I was looking for some I spotted these Compeed Blister Plasters and decided to give them a go. They are expensive at £3.97 for a pack of 5 plasters, but I thought it would be worth it as it says on the pack that they stay on for several days. They come in handy little plastic pack which is useful if you want to keep them in your bag and doesn't get squashed like the cardboard packs plasters usually come in. The pack is easy to open but it fastens nice and tight so it won't come open in your bag. The plasters do come in different sizes, you can get packs that include both small and larger ones, but I got a pack of 5 'medium' sized plasters which measure about 6.5 x 4cm in an oval shape. The backing of the plaster has a large panel and a small one, so you can peel the large one off, hold on to the small one so you don't touch the sticky part of the plaster while you attach it to your foot, then peel off the small one and attach the remainder of the plaster. This is much easier I find then traditional plasters which just peel off half and half. The plasters are a see-through film with a layer of gel attached. There is less than half a centimetre of the sticky part of the plaster around the edge of the gel to actually attach it with (although the gel itself is fairly sticky). Whilst I find the plasters stick to my skin very easily to start with I find the edges peel away too easily after a while because they're not wide enough. The plasters cushion blisters very well and I find I can walk comfortably in shoes that had caused immense pain and discomfort without them, however as previously mentioned the edges can start to peel away after a while which means they stop being as effective. I've used them to prevent blisters forming when wearing new shoes and I find they work really well in this way too, making new shoes much more comfortable and stopping them from rubbing. One thing about the plasters that I thought would make them worth the money was the fact that they are supposed to stay on for days, but I find that whilst this is true in a sense, they do start to peel when my feet get wet. If I have a bath they come off completely, but I can usually take 2-3 showers without them coming off. I do think they are very good at preventing and cushioning blisters, they just don't always stay on well enough so I'm not sure they're worth the money.
As some of you know, I have fairly recently taken up running and despite having a gait analysis and being properly fitted for shoes, I have really suffered with crippling blisters. In fact, I am currently sitting with Compeed stuck on my feet! I saw many runners recommending these as a solution on various running forums and thought I would give them a go. I found these in the footcare section of Boots, in the health and medicine section. They are also available in Superdrug and large supermarkets and retail at around £3.99 for a packet of 5 plasters. They are often on offer. These plasters also come in a selection of sizes - I always opt for 'medium' which is a large sized plaster in an oval shape, about 3cm long. When I started using these, I used the plasters very much as a cure. I have no idea how it works, but Compeed plasters apparently work to help heel the blisters you already have, in addition to preventing further blisters. They act as a second skin and providing you stick them on properly, they will stay on for days. They are waterproof, preventing water from getting into the blister in addition to protecting them from becoming infected. According to their website, "the hydrocolloid particles in COMPEED® Blister Patch absorb wound fluid, creating a gel that protects the wound by sealing in moisture and preventing scab formation. In turn, this creates the optimal wound healing environment, speeding up the healing process." (www.compeed.co.uk) I am unsure how true this is, but within a few hours of applying these, a white patch appears where the worst part of the blister is, visible through the plaster. I assume this must be a reaction from the above process and the pain certainly seems to numb to the extent where I can resume exercising without any further pain. I also use Compeed as a prevention measure, now that I know where I am most prone to blisters. If I am going on a particularly long run, I will apply Compeed and they act as the perfect barrier. The second skin moulds perfectly to your foot and there is no rubbing. I have never had a blister form whilst using Compeed. Unfortunately, I didn't have any whilst running a half marathon last weekend and my feet suffered! Compeed is applied much like any plaster, however I found that it is useful to rub it with your fingers first, to warm it up as I find it moulds slightly better to your skin. It is also important to apply them slowly and firmly, to make sure that they stick properly. If you just slap them on, they do fall off! If applied properly, they can last for days. Do not remove Compeed yourself - wait until it falls off on it's own, or you will unstick it from the blister and risk opening the wound up. This is very painful and shows just how strong the plasters are! Do be careful when shopping for these. They come in a small, plastic box which is easy for storage in a handbag, but the packaging for all their products is very similar and I have on occasion picked up callous plasters instead, so do double check! The plasters, like any other plaster, are also individually wrapped, which makes it very handy to keep one in your pocket when out for a run. Although I have focussed mostly on the benefits of these for runners, rest assured that these are very good blister plasters and I also use them when wearing my killer heels! They are expensive, but they definately do the job well.
After having bought new shoes and yet again suffered with a nasty blister I decided to hop along to the chemist and get a pack of Compeed Blister Plasters. I had seen them on the shelves many times and wondered how effective they could be, having used the Boots own ones with only average results. As there was a promotion on at the time, I also picked up the Compeed Anti Blister Stick to help guard against future blisters and nip them in the bud hopefully. Better safe than.....bruised and blistered....perhaps! ********************************************************** The Compeed Blister Plasters come as a pack of 5 plasters which are sealed in a handy aqua green coloured plastic pack. I found I faffed about trying to open the pack for for a while, but then managed to work out how to break into it. Once I got the hang of opening it I wondered why it had seemed so hard at first. Oops. A little tip about opening the container in case you cannot fathom it. You need to hold the pack at the top, which has a small circular sticky label across it, move that out of the way and then grip both of the top outer corners with your fingers, whilst pushing the small centre closure away from the other side. This will then open the pack and you can have lots of fun opening and closing it afterwards. ********************************************************** The Compeed Blister Plasters themselves are very sticky. They look like a rather thicker than usual clear plaster when you first set eyes on them. However they are much, much thicker than most plasters and the sticky underside, which you attach to your skin, is much stickier than most plasters too. Each plaster is around 42mm x 68mm in size so will cover a small to medium blister with ease. The texture of the clear plaster type bit is nice and spongey. Its something that has a bit of a spring to it when you touch it or rub it with your finger. There is a coated paper type backing attached, which protects the sticky underside, so that when you need to stick on your Compeed Blister Plaster it really will stick well. In fact its seems to stick like glue! ********************************************************** The shape of the Compeed Blister Plasters is in many way similar to an oval crossed with a tear drop shape. Its not a circular shaped plaster and I did wonder about that, but then when looking down at the nasty blister that had formed, I could kind of see why the Compeed Blister Plasters are shaped the way they are. As blisters don't often end up being perfectly formed circular water filled nuisances, Compeed Blister Plasters are not perfectly circular either. They are shaped to best help to cushion those odd shaped and unwanted blisters that we all love to hate. The middle of the Compeed Blister Plasters is a kind of mid to light grey brown and is again textured for comfort. This makes the whole effect of the Compeed Blister Plasters much better than others I have tried. ********************************************************** Once you have cleaned and dried the area around your blister, you can get sticking with your Compeed Blister Plaster. Its very easy to peel back the protective cover and then gently and I do mean gently stick it down and over the blistered area. I have found they stick well and can be placed in all sorts of blistered areas around your foot. One thing to point out is that you are not meant to try to remove the Compeed Blister Plasters as they are made to just fall off when ready, which should happen at around 4 to 5 days after you first apply them. If at that point you have found your plaster is still firmly attached, a nice soak in the bath will help to soften and remove it from your skin, if you don't want to remove it straight off. ********************************************************* Compeed Blister Plasters use a special 'Hydro Cure' system which mean that they can absorb moisture from your own skin and then help to cushion your blistered area all at the same time. Because the plasters absorb moisture they soon get even more spongey and so the cushioning effect is gradually increased. The reason they do this is because they are a hydrocolloid type plaster. So they work with your skin not against it. These types of dressings and plasters are very helpful when used and can help your skin to heal whilst your blister drys out nicely. The fact that they work to absorb and seal in moisture whilst letting your poorly blister heal, means you can still walk about and wear a carefully chosen pair of blister proof shoes. ********************************************************** I have found the Compeed Blister Plasters to be very effective and helpful and would recommend them to anyone who has suffered with a blister and not known what to do for the best. The product can allow you to carry on wearing shoes and going about your normal life, without as much pain and distress as there would be if you were to just leave a nasty blister to its own devices. To rate these I feel they ought to get 4 stars as they do work really well. They lost a star as you only get 5 per pack and as they cost £3.99 for the 5, that works out at around 80p per plaster, which isn't cheap. I would have liked a larger pack for my £3.99 with perhaps 8 to 10 plasters in it and if they had worked out a little cheaper, would have rated them as a 5 star product.
Carry a pack of these indispensable kits to prevent blisters becoming a problem. Specially developed materials allow the skin to heal underneath the plaster while it remains securely in place.