We’ve all had a foot blister at some point in our lives. They may be small, but they can pack a punch. Blisters are caused by excess friction on our feet, typically from our shoes. Therefore, the key to eliminating blisters is to eliminate friction. But, before we talk about how to prevent blisters, let’s talk a little more about what they are.
Early Signs of Blisters
Blisters are round pockets of fluid on the outermost layer of your skin. They’re especially common in moist areas that are subject to lots of friction, making the bottom of a sweaty foot a prime location for a blister to form. Keep an eye out for the early signs of blisters by checking your feet for red, inflamed areas on your feet when you take of your shoes.
As stated above, blisters thrive from friction. You can eliminate friction in your shoes by:
Changing sweaty socks frequently
Purchasing shoes made from a breathable material that fit snugly but not too tight
Wearing foot orthotics – custom inserts designed by a podiatrist to support feet and cancel out high-friction points
No matter how small they might seem, blisters should be treated immediately. Not every blister requires a trip to the podiatrist. You can treat them at home by:
Avoiding popping or draining the blister
Keeping the blister covered
Patients with diabetes should be especially diligent in taking care of blisters, as an untreated blister could become a wound or develop an infection.
If you frequently experience blisters or other discomfort from walking, make an appointment to see your local foot doctor. If you’re located in North Houston, stop in to the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston. Our board-certified podiatrists are ready to help you do away with blisters for good. We’re proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114 today.