No matter where you like to run, whether it be the Arizona Canal Trail or the more rugged terrain at McDowell Mountain Regional Park, you know the importance of avoiding blisters. These little bubbles on your feet can put an end to your running very quickly. It’s a good idea to know how to avoid them in the first place.

We all know the pain blisters can cause. They are an athlete’s worst nightmare, and runners suffer from them more than others because of the amount of friction and pressure applied to their feet. Blisters are actually the body’s way of protecting the skin from further damage, but they can cause a lot of discomfort. The most common reason for a blister to develop is because of friction, especially with wet feet. However, they can also form because of exposure to chemicals and extreme heat, or as a result of another medical condition, such as herpes.

Since blisters are very uncomfortable and can make running and walking feel like a chore, it’s important to avoid them from the start. Wear shoes that fit you properly and don’t allow your feet to slide around inside. Invest in socks that wick away moisture to keep your feet dry, or use talcum powder for the same effect. You can also wear padding in the areas of your feet that are more prone to blisters. If you do happen to develop one of these fluid-filled bubbles, you should rest the foot while it heals.

If you have questions about treating or draining a blister, call Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ, we know that your health is the most important thing. Having healthy feet promotes a healthy lifestyle and we want to support you in achieving that goal.

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Dr. Viedra V. Elison
Founder and Managing Partner of Fixing Feet Institute
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