Help! New to UPS and my feet are blistering

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by TLady, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. TLady

    TLady New Member

    Hello everyone :) So I started at UPS last Tuesday, worked three shifts, and then saw the infected, broken skin on my ankles from my (new, not worn in) work boots! I went to my doctor and they said I had to wait until they heal until I wore shoes again (other than flops!)

    My next shift is tonight. I don't know what to do! Does anyone know how to protect these open wounds on my ankles? Ever had to deal with this before?

    What should I do? I spoke to my manager, and he was very kind and understanding; he said if I could come in, then do, but if not, I could pick up my paycheck on Thursday.

    Please, any suggestions are highly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Btw, this is my first post. Hello ;)
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Can you cover them with band aids and then wrap them with gauze?
  3. TLady

    TLady New Member

    I covered them in bandaids and put mole skin over them; my feet still got rubbed raw the following shift.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    This is one of the worst jobs for breaking in new boots.

    It sounds as though you have no choice other than to stay home and pick up your final check on Thursday.
  5. TLady

    TLady New Member

    Thank you. Ugh, this sucks! I can't sacrifice my health for a job though. I'm just really disappointed!
  6. Brown_Star

    Brown_Star Methods Man

    Welcome to BC!

  7. ibleedbrown

    ibleedbrown Active Member

    Suck it up!!
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  8. Ms.PacMan

    Ms.PacMan Well-Known Member

    omg - as a female you embarrass me.

    You have blisters. I think you'll live. Get large bandaid pads and double up your socks.
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  9. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    you dont have to wear boots. just something with a leather upper. so any low top tennis shoes will work if they have a leather toe.
  10. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    You will be all good in these ....
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  11. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

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  12. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Don't wear boots! Wear black work sneakers. We're on on our feet way too much to be comfortable in boots. Learned my lesson early on too.
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  13. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Wear low top leather shoes.
  14. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    You never, ever wear boots that you haven't broken in at home first. Put bandaids on them and go to work.
  15. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

  16. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    Get a low cut shoe with a steel or a (preferably) crush rated composite toe that doesn't rub against your ankles. I can't stress this enough. Don't wear higher top boots in a sort. Get the new shoes and patch your ankles with wrap or some sort of adhesive moleskin. Might be an expensive emergency purchase but you'll be glad you did it.
  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Depends on the building. are come in wearing tennis will be sent home.
  18. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    Having a wound rubbed 1,000x + daily is no small thing.
  19. GillEagan

    GillEagan I always look 10 years younger than I am.

    Liquid skin might work if you can find it. It will sting though. Two pairs of socks will help but will not completely eliminate it. As an experienced hiker, I've never had blisters so bad that I can't put on socks or shoes.
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  20. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    Liquid Skin is awesome. I've had some foot/toe wounds I used it on and it got me through just fine.
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