Kirkham, SE, Lam, S, Nester, CJ and Hashmi, F 2014, 'The effect of hydration on the risk of friction blister formation on the heel of the foot' , Skin Research And Technology, 20 (2) , pp. 246-253.
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BACKGROUND: Friction blister research has focused on prevention and treatment approaches rather than exploring the pathophysiology of the friction blister. Increased skin hydration has been purported to be a key risk factor in friction blister development. This study aimed to test the effect of increased skin surface hydration on the risk of friction blister creation. METHODS: The skin on one foot was hydrated by soaking the foot in water. Intermittent loading was carried out until an observable change of 3°C was evident using infrared thermography. The contra lateral foot acted as a control. Skin hydration and elasticity was measured using electrical capacitance and negative pressure respectively. RESULTS: The rate of temperature change of the hydrated group was significantly greater than that of the non-hydrated foot group (P = 0.001) and showed a strong positive correlation (r = 0.520) with skin surface hydration. Weak negative correlations were seen between skin elasticity and rate of temperature change in response to load application (r = -0.166) and skin surface hydration and elasticity at baseline (r = -0.195). CONCLUSION: In controlled experimental conditions increased skin surface hydration increases the rate of temperature change of the skin in response to load application and consequently increases the risk of blister creation.
|Schools:||Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Skin Research And Technology|
|Depositing User:||F Hashmi|
|Date Deposited:||06 May 2016 09:12|
|Last Modified:||06 May 2016 09:12|
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