A 55-year-old Calgary woman recently became one of the first people to complete the Badwater Ultra Cup challenge, a trifecta of grueling races through Salton Sea, Cape Fear, and Owen’s Valley. The woman, Lorie Alexander, finished the final race, the Badwater Ultramarathon, in 36 hours, 32 minutes, and 37 seconds.
The Badwater Ultramarathon is a 135-mile uphill course that’s known for being one of the toughest foot races in the world. During the competition Alexander found herself beset by painful blisters on her feet and uncomfortable cramps in her stomach, but she still managed to pull through.
Hopefully Alexander got proper medical care for her blisters after the competition was over. For assistance dealing with blisters on the feet, call up podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will get you professional treatment and give you advice for avoiding this skin condition in the future.
Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.
What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.
How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.
Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.
- Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection
- Place a band-aid over the blister to provide pain relief
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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