(609) 927-4894
401 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244

Summertime Increases Blister Risk

During the warm weather months you may notice an increase in a pesky podiatric problem: blisters. Why? Blisters develop as a result of friction or rubbing against the foot which can cause the outer layers of skin to rub together and separate and fill with fluid. Sweat increases friction and hence blister risk rises. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we usually see blisters at the point where they have become infected and are now causing excessive pain and possibly other symptoms. You can avoid getting to this state by knowing a little about blisters and how to deal with them.

Never Pop a Blister

Although it’s tempting, popping a blister is the worst way to treat one because it creates an opening into the skin that bacteria can enter and cause an infection. Eventually, the fluid from a blister will be reabsorbed into the body. The best solution is to put a bandage over the blister and avoid wearing the shoes that created the blister initially until the blister disappears.

Blister Prevention

There are a number of ways you can help prevent blisters from forming:

  • Choose moisture-wicking socks which will help pull perspiration away from your feet and reduce friction. Change your socks as soon as you notice they are damp.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes. This is the number one cause of blisters. Don’t fall for that old wives tale that shoes need a “breaking in” period. Shoes should fit comfortably from the moment you leave the shoe store. Get professionally measured and take the time to try on both shoes and spend some time walking around the store before purchasing. Remember, especially in the heat, feet tend to swell so shoes should feel a bit roomy. (Tip: shop at the end of the day—that’s when your feet are the most swollen.) Run your hand around the inside of the shoe to check for loose stitching or stiff fabric that may rub on your foot.
  • Try a foot powder to help reduce sweat and keep feet dry throughout the day.
    If you do have a blister and notice any foul odor, pus or discharge, contact our Somers Point office immediately for an appointment by calling: (609) 927-4894. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will want to check to see if the blister has become infected and prescribe the necessary treatment.

Bandage on Foot