Blisters are common foot injuries that often result from repeated friction of the toes against the inside of a stiff shoe. A blister formation is actually nature’s way of protecting the skin by separating its layers and allowing fluid to form in between them. This fluid is called serum, which protects the lower layers of skin from damage. Three main types of blisters are friction, blood, and heat blisters. There are a number of ways to prevent blisters, such as keeping your feet dry. This is especially useful for runners, who may need to invest in moisture-wicking socks. Another popular prevention method is to wear shoes that fit properly. They shouldn’t be too small, large, tight, or loose, as any of these conditions can contribute to blister formation. If you frequently notice blisters forming in one or more particular spots, try protecting that area with bandages or other coverings. And finally, when you start to feel a blister coming on, stop the activity. If your blister does not heal on its own or becomes infected, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for safe and antiseptic treatment.
Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.
What Are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.
How Do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.
Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.
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