Have all the cute, strappy sandals you’ve been wearing this summer caused some painful blisters? If so we have some treatment ideas that you can even do from your own home. Blister care doesn’t usually require a visit to the doctor, but make sure you do it safely, and as always, if you have diabetes don’t try this at home.
Causes of Blisters
Blisters form when there is friction between your skin and something else, for example, your shoe. A blister is actually a protective barrier, but it might not feel like it’s protecting you from much because of how painful it is. If you do end up with one of these fluid-filled bubbles in a sensitive area on your foot or ankles, there are things you can do.
If your blister is in tact do your best to keep it that way and apply a protective dressing if you desire. Try to reduce the amount of pressure you put on it so that you will feel less in pain. If your blister is torn you may need a little extra care in order to prevent infection. Put an antibacterial ointment on it and keep it dressed until it heals. Monitor it daily for any signs that an infection might be present.
Preventing Blisters in the First Place
It’s important to take precautions to prevent blisters in the first place. You can do this by reducing the amount of moisture in your shoes by wearing socks made of synthetic material (avoid cotton). If you are on your feet a lot you can add some protective padding on “hot spots” to reduce the likelihood of friction. Some people swear by applying deodorant to their feet, which keeps them just slick enough to avoid rubbing. Other types of dressings, tape, powders, and creams can also help you avoid blisters. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for your feet.
If you have more questions regarding blister prevention or treatment, please call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment with us at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.