Reduce the pain of hockey skates

One of the rights of winter seems to be the foot pain felt when Canadians put on their skates to play hockey

News Canada

One of the rights of winter seems to be the foot pain felt when Canadians put on their skates to play hockey, whether it is for fun or on a more professional level.

Many people just suffer through the pain say health care specialists, or turn to industrial or even hockey tape to try to keep their feet blister-free. As they turn and glide on the ice, skaters hope their bandage or tape will stay on their feet and protect their skin from the friction and distress caused by inflexible footwear.

Runners may already know the solution. A protective bandage called ReSkin can also be used in the winter with skates to keep feet pain-free.

As runners will attest, ReSkin (reskin.ca) is the first truly washable and reusable bandage. It uses a unique combination of a Lycra weave material with a soft silicone-based adhesive, meaning the bandage combines a material that is cut-able, flexible and washable with an adhesive that can re-stick even after a number of uses.

“The key to providing protection for the feet while skating is to ensure that the bandage is put on when the foot is dry,” says Dr. Alan Davis, chief scientific officer of Bescot Healthcare Canada. “This allows the adhesive to bond with the skin. The fact that the bandage is breathable means that sweat does not affect the performance of the bandage, and the bi-elasticity of the weave allows the bandage to move with the skin preventing the friction on the skin that causes painful blisters and chafing.”

It is now possible to enjoy the game of hockey without worrying about skin irritation.

Check out the local drug store or area suppliers for the bandage, or it can be found in Shopper Drug Mart locations and in select Source for Sport stores.