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With the start of fall, it’s time to get your run on. Before you head outdoors, take a few steps to keep blisters from stopping you in your tracks. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Protect your feet: To prevent blisters on your feet, wear nylon or moisture-wicking socks. If wearing one pair of socks doesn’t help, try wearing two pairs to protect your skin. You should also make sure your shoes fit properly. Shoes shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.

Wear the right clothing: During physical activity, wear moisture-wicking, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid clothes made of cotton, as cotton soaks up sweat and moisture, which can lead to friction and chafing.

Consider soft bandages: For problem areas, such as the feet or thighs, consider using adhesive moleskin or other soft bandages. Make sure the bandages are applied securely.

Apply powder or petroleum jelly to problem areas:This helps reduce friction when your skin rubs together or rubs against clothing.

Stop your activity immediately if you experience pain or discomfort, or if your skin turns red: Otherwise, you may get a blister.

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