You’re probably familiar with this scenario: it’s a beautiful sunny day, and you’re out shopping and lunching with friends when you notice a spot on your foot feeling a little irritated. There’s no chance to change shoes; before you know it, a blister has formed, and it’s so painful you must cut your day short. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, we want to help patients prevent these summer fun-stoppers.
Blisters happen when repetitive friction between your footwear and the skin on your feet occurs. Perspiration provides lubrication which increases friction. A blister doesn’t take long to form in response to the irritation. Although annoying, blisters are trying to do your foot a favor. The fluid-filled sac protects damaged skin and provides a clean environment where new skin can form. That being said, most of us would rather avoid blisters altogether. Here’s how:
- Choose footwear that fits properly. Both shoes that are too big and too small can result in friction that causes blisters.
- Keep feet dry. Choose moisture-wicking socks that take sweat away from your skin. Dust feet with foot powder every morning before putting on shoes.
- Stay hydrated. This will help reduce foot swelling. Swollen feet are more likely to get blisters because they tighten your shoes.
- Rotate your footwear. Don’t wear the same pair day after day to decrease the risk of rubbing to the same spot.
- Be prepared. Carry moleskin with you in your bag and apply at the first sign of soreness on the skin of your feet.
If, despite your best efforts, you do get a blister, don’t pop it! Keep the area clean and covered with a loose bandage. Once the blister pops on its own, continue to keep it clean and apply antibacterial ointment until it heals. Contact us asap if you notice pus, redness, or warmth around the blister site, as these may be signs of an infection.
At the Podiatry Center of New Jersey, our team of doctors treats various conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, our 16 conveniently located offices provide individualized high-quality care for patients across Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne, NJ office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.