(i love fam so much aaaa) i had no idea there were so many ways to deal with foot soreness! did you research that or do you have personal experience with all those things? (sorry if this question seems invasive, i'm just curious abt your writing process, i swear this isn't a weird foot fetish thing)
Anon even if it were a foot fetish thing I would probably still answer. XD
I was actually a varsity athlete in high school! I was a goalie on the hockey team, so I dealt pretty extensively with skate blisters and stuff. I also spent some time in a live-in health/weight loss facility and got normal walking/running blisters too, so there’s a lot of it that came from experience firsthand.
I wish I was still that active.
But yeah pretty much any athletes LOVE pre-wrap. It comes in all different colors, it’s super stretchy, and I’ll actually write in a scene of proper wrapping BEFORE skating at some point in the near future. The only problem with that is if it rolls down in the process of putting your sock on, it can be even more irritating to skate with. We usually secure it with tape, but active feet do tend to sweat and it can slip. Band-aids even tend not to last long… which is why I like Moleskin. It’s extremely sticky and basically like… adds a felt cushion over the blister that helps it not hurt? I can’t explain it well, but it’s GREAT stuff. It comes in a sheet or in strips and you can cut it to exactly the size you need. I love that stuff. And there are lots of great painkillers out there too. I personally like Naproxen which is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, but Advil is a family favorite (though some people have severe allergies to it). Also keep in mind that Aspirin can thin your blood, so they generally don’t advise it as a painkiller whenever there’s an injury where bleeding (especially traumatic injury) is involved.
Proper foot care can also be extended to regular salon or home pedicures. I imagine Yuuri would actually have a great chance to exfoliate since sand is a great natural exfoliant and he lives right near the beach. All the more reason to walk barefoot and treat with lotion afterward.
Not invasive at all, no worries! And thank you so much!! I’m sure there are lots of sports blogs out there and stuff that talk about their pre-exercise routines. That student athlete meme doesn’t exist for nothin. XD
Obligatory disclaimer: please keep in mind that I’m not a professional in any sense, but I come from a medical family and have a pretty long history with sports. Please consult a doctor or medical professional before taking my med advice too seriously. I learned by osmosis from my mom who is a pharmacist and accredited health care person. I also really like pedicures and stand on my feet all day for my current job, so I have experience but not expertise. :P