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Medstar Monday - Week 2 - Wound Care

The beginning of a new sport season usually means new equipment. As most athletes know, breaking in cleats can be a painful experience because of blisters. Blisters are pockets of fluid under the skin caused from friction. In soccer players, blisters often occur at the back of the heel and on the side of the big toe. So what can you do to reduce blisters? Try wearing your new cleats around the house for a few days before wearing them to practice. You can wear two pairs of socks. Use moleskin or blister bandages over “hot spots” to provide more cushioning. If you find that you develop a blister, do not pop it. This can cause infection and/or raw skin to be exposed. Keep your blister covered with band aids and tape for practices. If your blister “pops”, keep it clean using soap and water. Putting zinc oxide on the raw skin can help to dry the area out. Another common battle wound in soccer is turf burn, medically called an abrasion. For these, clean the area well with soap and water. You do not need to use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect; these chemicals can actually destroy healthy tissue. Apply a thin layer of bacitracin (Neosporin) and cover the wound with a non-stick gauze pad. Use a bandage to secure in place. Always keep your abrasion covered when playing to avoid infection and risk of reopening the wound.


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Baltimore Union Sports Medicine Team

Union Sports Medicine Liaison: Bryan Caplan, DPT, MTC ([email protected])
Athletic Trainer:Amber Radtke, MS, LAT, ATC, NASM-CES ([email protected])
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jay Dyer, CSCS ([email protected])
Vice President of MedStar Sport Medicine: Sean Huffman
Director of MedStar Sports Medicine Research: Andy Lincoln

Baltimore City (Harbor Hospital)
Physician: Jeffrey Mayer, Leigh Ann Curl
Sports PT: Chadd Baldwin
Concussion PT: Emily Coates

Baltimore County (Franklin Square)
Urgent Care: MedStar Franklin Square ED
Physician: Frank Dawson, David Cohen, Christopher Looze
Sports PT: Ryan Zimmerman
Concussion PT: Michael Ariete, Jana Bille

Baltimore County (Dundalk)
Physician: Kelly Ryan
Sports & Concussion PT: Laura Long

Baltimore County (Timonium)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care Towson
Physician: Andrew Tucker, Richard Levine, Melita Moore
Sports PT: Chad Keller
Concussion PT: Patrick Miller

Harford County (Bel Air)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Physician: Sean Curtain
Sports PT: Chelsea Mitchell
Concussion PT: Adrienne Nelson
Concussion PT: Tori Palmer

Baltimore County (Perry Hall)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Sports PT: Stephanie Stover
Concussion PT: Mark Musselman

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