Blister Do’s and Don’ts

26762888_S_blister_fluid_heel_wool_sock_chafe_foot.jpg

As the summer gets hotter, feet get sweatier and this means a greater risk of blisters forming on your feet. Perspiration makes feet slick and creates friction as socks rub against your skin. As the outer layers of your skin rub together they can separate and a layer of fluid forms between them creating a blister. At Gentle Professional Foot Care we often see patients with a blister that has become infected. Below are some do’s and don’ts for treating this common problem:

Do: wear socks that are made to wick moisture away from your skin. This will help reduce the amount of friction and rubbing.

Do: be sure that you are wearing shoes that are the right size. Your feet can change size as you age. It’s also not unusual for one foot to be larger than the other. Get your foot professionally measured and buy shoes that fit your largest foot.

Don’t: keep using shoes that are worn out. Loose stitching and ripped canvas or leather can create rough edges that will rub on your foot and cause a blister.

Do: shop at the end of the day when feet are their most swollen to reduce the risk of shoes getting tight and putting pressure on one or more spots on your foot.

Don’t: pop a blister. This increases the chance of bacteria entering the blister and causing an infection. If you notice a bad smell or any kind of pus or discharge coming from a blister you should make an appointment at our Venice office for our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, to examine your foot. The foot doctor will need to prescribe an antibiotic if you have an infection.

Do: gently clean the skin around a blister and then cover it with a bandage until the fluid gets reabsorbed by the body.

Do: notify the foot doctor immediately if you have a blister and you are a patient with diabetes or other immune or circulatory issues.

Do: try to keep feet as dry as possible. Change your socks as soon as they feel damp (even if it means wearing more than one pair in a day) and use a foot powder daily.

By taking care of minor foot irritations promptly you can prevent them from becoming major problems. If you have any questions about foot care, contact us at: 941-493-7999.