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If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
While the appearance of blisters may be embarrassing, the pain accompanying them is often much worse and more of a concern for people who have them. Although blisters are a common foot problem experienced by many, have you ever wondered what the cause of those pesky blisters could be? Or, better yet, how they can be treated?
Blisters appear on a swollen part of the foot and consist of fluid, typically clear, though, depending on the blister, the fluid may also have blood. Blisters are usually caused by repeated friction or rubbing on a specific part of your foot. Here are some examples of things that can produce that constant friction:
The type of footwear and how properly your shoes fit
Your skin type and foot type (high, low or medium arch)
The moisture found around your feet
Heavy objects you may be carrying around, like a bag pack
While blisters are rarely filled with pus, pus can form if the blister is infected. In that case, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s preferable to talk to your doctor:
- Foot Pain
While the symptoms may seem common, any persistent pain needs medical attention. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful. If left untreated, the blister may turn into an ulcer, leaving you susceptible to an amputation.
Preventive Care Treatments:
There are several precautions you can take to prevent blisters. Here are a few preventative care options:
1. Make sure to wear proper fitting shoes
2. Wear moisture-wicking socks
3. Cushioned insoles are a good idea
4. Double-socks will provide extra cushion
5. Wear orthotics recommended by your podiatrist
6. Use antiperspirants, powders, and lubricants to reduce moisture and friction.
The key to healthy feet is preventative care and referring to your foot doctor whenever you have questions or concerns.
Although summer brings lots of opportunities for fun activities it also can be a time of increased risk for certain common foot problems. At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we want all of our patients to enjoy their fun in the sun and keep feet safe and healthy. Here are some common problems and what to do about them:
Problem: Sunburn—the skin on your feet is just as susceptible to sun burn as the rest of your body. Sunburn on your feet increases the risk of certain types of skin cancer as well.
Solution: Apply sunscreen liberally to your feet with the same frequency that you apply to other areas on your body. Make sure that even on days when you are just out running errands that you have sunscreen on your feet if you are wearing open shoes.
Problem: Blisters—new shoes purchased for vacation or long hikes are just a couple of reasons why you may end up with a blister this summer. Also, sweaty skin tends to increase friction with footwear making blisters more likely.
Solution: Be sure that shoes fit properly and feel comfortable when you buy them. Shop at the end of the day when feet are at their largest to avoid surprises later. If you do feel that the skin in one area is getting irritated, apply moleskin to protect that spot and try not to wear the same pair of shoes again for a few days.
Problem: Sprains—in the summer, people are more likely to spend time in flip flops or other footwear that doesn’t provide good ankle support. Also, impromptu games of beach volleyball or softball at the family barbeque can lead to sprains or other injuries.
Solution: Wear the right shoes for the activity you are engaged in. When in doubt, pack a pair of sneakers or other shoes that support your ankle and don’t play sports, hike or do other activities without the appropriate footwear.
Problem: Fungal Infections—public pools, beach changing rooms and other damp places where people go barefoot are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi.
Solution: Always were flip flops or shower shoes when walking in public places.
If you have a foot mishap this summer, contact our Reading office for an appointment. Prompt treatment by one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond will bring relief and help you avoid bigger problems down the road.