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Got Surgical Tape?

Blisters are the bane of every runner, but a new study suggests that surgical tape may solve the problem.

“It’s kind of a ridiculously cheap, easy method of blister prevention,” said study author Dr. Grant Lipman. The tape is easy to find and a roll that costs about 69 cents should last a couple of years, he added.

As well as preventing blisters, the low-cost paper tape is only slightly sticky so it won’t tear blisters if they do occur, said Lipman, a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University in California.