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The best plasters you can buy

12:22 BST 29/03/2022
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From breathable strips to waterproof bandages, these are the very best you can currently buy
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Be it on the pitch or the playground, it's rare for someone not to pick up a scratch or a scrape in football (or any other sport for that matter) – and while most will not require a trip to A&E, plenty may need to be patched up when you get back into your changing room.

That's why it always helps to have a handy supply of plasters ready to go for any old bump and cut picked up in the course of action. But knowing just what kind you'll need is half the battle.

We've put together the best plasters you can get today, depending on your medical needs.


The plasters included in this article


Best plasters for value: Band-Aid Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

One of the most recognisable names in the plaster business, Band-Aid have assembled an almighty bundle of one hundred plasters in one box. These Flexible Fabric sterile plasters are intended for twenty-four-hour use.

They come with a central quilted pad to help soothe and protect the wound underneath, and the Memory-Weave technology allows the plaster to flex to the shape needed. The sheer volume means you'll get a good bang for your buck - great for ensuring that you'll have all the plasters you'll ever need on matchday.

Get it from Amazon for £10.05


Best finger plasters: Elastoplast Finger Strip Plasters

Simple yet effective, the Finger Strip Plasters manufactured by Elastoplast are there to help heal the bloody knuckles you might pick up. Strongly adhesive with enough stretch for comfort, this standard pack comes with 16 plasters.

Each is extra-long to provide additional wrapping on their own, and they'll fit seamlessly under your gloves during matchdays. They might also offer extra benefits for goalkeepers, allowing for additional support across the fingers.

Get it from Amazon for £3.18

Best budget plasters: Elastoplast Fabric Extra Flexible Breathable Plasters

Different people need different plasters, and Elastoplast has included all different shapes and sizes to cover even the most awkward scrape, be it from a diving challenge or a rough fall from a header in the box.

From large squares to small circles, there's a variety of fabric styles with stretch and additional flexibility to mould around any body part. They're breathable too and can be cut down to size as appropriate, allowing you to mould as appropriate - and they're low priced too.

Get it from Amazon for £2.60


Best sensitive plasters: Hansaplast Sensitive Plasters

If you suffer from reactions to most regular dressings, these sensitive plasters should make life easier. After an injury, the last thing you want to add is irritation from a plaster to make things worse.

These sensitive plasters from Hansaplast are made with hypoallergenic materials to be kinder to your skin. They contain Hansaplast's Bacteria Shield, which aids the recovery process by keeping out grit and dirt. These plasters are completely latex-free for those with a latex allergy, allowing you to get on with the game at hand with little trouble.

Get it from Amazon for £6.06


Best clear plasters: Nexcare Waterproof Clear Bandages

If you need something a bit more subtle, these clear plasters from Nexcare should help. They blend in far better than many flesh-coloured versions while still being waterproof and practical, able to take the wear-and-tear of matchdays.

They protect the wound underneath without obscuring large amounts of skin, and they won't budge in the shower when you're cleaning up afterwards or washing your hands around the house. 

Get it from Amazon for £8.99

Best blister plasters: Compeed Blister Plasters

There's nothing worse than picking up a blister, and taking care of your feet is essential for football. Compeed Blister Plasters regularly come top of the list for protecting existing blisters and preventing new ones. Their unique design help cushion your heels, no matter how much you're running around.

Durably waterproof, these plasters will survive a post-match shower. The medium size remains a popular choice, allowing for greater coverage.

Get it from Amazon for £4.00


Best fabric strapping: Elastoplast Extra Sticky Fabric Strapping

Not so much a conventional plaster, this strapping is similar to the traditional bandage material. The Extra Sticky Fabric Strapping is a tape used traditionally to help bind additional dressings but is functional and effective on its own too.

Just under an inch wide and available in a three-metre-length roll form, it can be used to assist with the protection of strain injuries. Porous construction allows for air to circulate easily underneath its adhesion.

Get it from Amazon for £3.25


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