A common foot problem that many of us have probably dealt with are blisters. Even though they are not as serious as other foot conditions, they do tend to cause a certain level of discomfort.
Blisters are a result of a body’s natural response to protecting the skin. They are small fluid pockets which form on the surface of the skin (especially on your foot) due to excessive rubbing or friction from poorly fitted footwear. The fluid pocket provides a clean and germ-free environment for the new skin to heal and develop. Blisters are prone to various infections. However, timely due diligence can help avoid these potential infections from harming your body.
At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we usually see patients come in with blisters that are infected. Its best to treat them early and steps should be taken to avoid getting them in the first place.
Here are some key tips in order to prevent blisters:
1. Keeping your feet dry is key to prevention. Wear socks that wick away moisture from your feet and keep the sweat from accumulating. If you tend to sweat a lot, use a foot powder when necessary. Wet feet provide a nesting ground for bacteria and infections.
2. Wear the right shoe for the right activity. Have your feet measured by a professional. The foot heel should not slip while you exercise. Avoid wearing shoes that are either too tight or too loose.
3. If you notice any irritation or sore spots on your feet, use extra padding or adhesive bandages to cover them. This helps to prevent further irritation and blisters from forming.
4. Do not pop a blister. This can lead to an infection. If it pops on it own, wash it with warm water and soap. Dry and rinse your feet carefully. Apply an anti-bacterial ointment and cover it with a bandage. Most blisters are filled with clear fluid but if you see any pus or blood coming out of them, this is a sign of an infection which needs to be treated by the doctor.
These tips can help prevent blisters from becoming a major problem. If you have any further questions about blisters and foot health, contact us at (609) 927-4894. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his team of professionals will provide the best possible care and treatment for your needs.