Pressure points usually occur on the inside of the thigh or on the feet.There may also be sores under the arms and occasionally even at the lower extremities.Depending on the type of movement, duration and intensity of the skin, skin spots can easily spread to the skin, which can seriously affect everyday life.We have 8 tips for you to prevent stressful wound and pressure points and get rid of them again.
Why we “run a wolf”
The answer is quite simple: when moisture, friction and pressure coalesce.The skin is a very sensitive organ and this needs to be treated well.When we are between the legs on the thighs inside, we call it a “wolf run”.The skin is usually scrubbed, discolored slightly reddish, and in the worst case it can become very inflamed.For people who can hardly move, wound and pressure points can be created in the same position during sitting or lying down after only a few hours.Likewise, however, endurance athletes are faced with the problem of miracle skin.
In the case of long non-movement, a tissue weakening or a permanent load on the skin, the sore spots can be very inflamed . This can range from a slight redness to a so-called necrosis, ie the actual death of tissue with dark to black discolouration ( source ),In people with overweight or marathon walkers, wounds arise mainly due to the friction of skin on the skin, so that the problems usually occur at high movement intensity, especially during sports or walking.In the summer, sweat on the skin caused by heat is an additional risk factor for inflamed areas under the armpits, the thighs or the chest.
- Healthy skin
- Rash, sore skin:The epidermis is affected
- Partial disruption of the skin:The epidermis and the dermis are affected
- Destruction and loss of all skin layers, necrosis
- Complete loss of skin and tissue, necrosis
Tips and tricks for the skin
Since every one of us, whether in sports, walking or working to avoid inflammation on the thighs, foot surfaces and other skin areas, there are a few helpful tips and preventive tricks for skin care and skin removal:
1.The right fit
Subcutches, pants or skin treatments are not always necessary to prevent sores.A big and often difficult step is the purchase of clothing in the appropriate size.Good-fitting clothes make everyday life easier if you know your measurements and can also shop accordingly.This is why we have added a table to each of our products that should prevent fitting problems.
When purchasing oversized shirts, it should be noted that the length of the sleeves is lengthened in the case of shirts, preventing them from slipping out of the trousers during movement or sitting. In trousers, it is helpful to access garments with a high stretch content which are particularly elastic in the longitudinal and transverse direction. Comfortable fit and a good feeling when wearing are also achieved by pants with a convex section, as these pants are shorter in the front than in the back, resulting in a lower body height.Too small and therefore too tight clothing not only makes you feel uncomfortable, but can also have an impact on pressure and sore spots, and cracks and holes are more quickly given than if the clothes fit.
2.Radler pants and vests
They should be elastic and come from the corner of the functional underwear:the cyclist’s pants can absorb the moisture by their breathing activity and keep the area between the legs dry.Due to the fact that there are hardly any seams in the crotch, depending on the model, friction is prevented, as for example in our cycling pants Aero.It is particularly nice here in the case of a disease of diabetes that some cycling pants have a small key pocket, in or at which in some cases also an insulin pump can be installed and stowed away.The bike pants should be made of elastic material, which fits the body shape perfectly.So all skin parts are protected.Therefore, the cycling pants should be clean and regularly washed to prevent bacteria in the pants.
The same applies to the care of our arms, especially for the skin parts under the armpits and the upper arms.In the summer, airy and light clothing can help to curb the sweat and thus mitigate sticking friction, if this is not possible due to very high sweat formation, sports underwear such as our ½-arm models can take a step in the wound-free direction be.Functional shirts can also be used as a substitute for the lower vest, and if you have a lot of perspiration on the abdomen, chest and back , slightly tanned, soft muscle shirts can be worn very well with jeans and undergarments.
If you do not like shorts, you might be helped with long underwear.In this case, the placement of the seams as well as the texture of the garment should be taken into consideration.Polyester and viscose are very suitable for avoiding sore spots, but these substances are not exactly known for their air permeability:it can become very hot.Cotton pants are air-permeable and for fashionable trendsetters Meggings (men’s leggings) and pantyhose for men may also offer an alternative to sore thighs.
4.Mix the pants and shirts properly
Many people – whether with or without a few kilos too much – know the problem:the pants are thrown through the thighs or the shirt is torn under the armpits and now rubs skin on skin.To avoid this, there are a few small tricks that can be quickly and easily done with a little manual work, giving the trousers or the shirt in advance stability and preventing wounds:
- Fleece and ironing patches
It is important that all inserts are installed over a large area, that is, like a second pair of pants in the pants or as an additional sleeve and patch from the inside.The fleece offers a helpful reinforcement of the inner sides, depending on the thickness.It must be noted that the thick fabric can make sewing on the machine more difficult.Therefore, care should be taken not to sew wrinkles in the patches and the garment.The fabric must always lie flat and smooth on the sewing machine.
Ironing patches should always be sewn with fine stitches on the edge, since otherwise they usually do not hold too long, because the body heat can loose the patch.By means of a gusset, ie, a piece of fabric which is inserted into a seam in order to ensure freedom of movement and wearing comfort with the aid of further cuts and elastic materials, the friction can be prevented.In addition, by using gussets, the fit can be improved, the thigh and forearm inner sides and the step regarding.The majority of the gussets are known to be the inner lining of swimwear .A general guide for the sewing of patches is available here.
The most common way to prevent annoying sores or to do something against already rubbed skin is the large-scale application of creams and ointments.Anti-chafing creams already available in Germany from the USA promise remedies for overweight people, sportsmen and people with so-called grinding legs.Most of the anti-chafing creams are more firm than conventional creams and can be bought in the form of sticks or in the tube.
Babypyderm is also an effective remedy to prevent thighs from spreading.The problem here is that, especially in the case of excessive heat as in summer, powder combined with sweat and friction can clump together and thus lose its effectiveness.To prevent this, a disposable cleaning cloth such as Kleenex can help.Carefully powder the affected areas with babypuder, then place a paper towel over it and then with a gauze bandage, a bandelette, a cut-off pantyhose or similar.If you get into a sweat now, the fabric sucks up the moisture and transports it out again through the air-permeable sports-cycling pants, so that everything remains dry and the powder does not clump.
7.Gel and skin protection
Sticks, foam pre-treatment and gels are now no longer only used in (endurance) sports as a protection against friction and wounds, blisters and cracked, dry skin, but are in the summer months constant companions of people with grinding legs.Foam, gel or the lubricant film from the stick before the activity are applied.It is important when selecting the product that it is water-, welding- and abrasion-resistant and the site is clean and dry before application.
Especially during longer activities, such as swimming or snorkeling, the order should be renewed from time to time.In addition, the correct seated bathing suit which is adapted to the activity can already be used to prevent inflammation by friction and pressure.Practically, almost all products fit comfortably into a backpack or even into a jacket pocket.Foam and gels are particularly suitable for sore feet, since the application can be more straightforward than with a stick.In the regions under the armpits, between the toes, in the step or on the nipples, the cream from the stick can be placed quickly and uncomplicated.
8. Anti-Blister Stick
In order to reduce friction and chafing, the variant of anti-bubble sticks is also suitable.These should help not only to reduce the formation of blisters on the feet, but also to help the friction between the thighs, the chest and under the armpits.Silicone products hold longer than powder products due to their silicone film, which they leave on the skin.The practical is that the sticks and gels are invisible, so that even spontaneous walks on the beach without any problems are possible.Just before walking, for example, in a swing with the cream with suncream, apply to the affected area and the strolling into the sunset stands nothing more in the way.
Already too late?
If there are already sores, only one thing can be done: Clean the affected areas with warm water and apply a suitable ointment from the pharmacy, such as bepanthen.The wound skin should get enough air, so that the irritation can fade away quickly.Special care should be taken when the sore area becomes an open, wetting wound.These must absolutely be covered with a pavement, so that no germs can enter the skin!( Source )
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