Treating and Preventing Blisters

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An otherwise enjoyable physical activity can often become a painful and debilitating experience when blisters develop on your feet. The coexistence of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs during running, hiking, and just plain walking can cause these fluid-filled sacs to form, often resulting in pain, redness, and possibility of infection.

Here are some tips to help treat and prevent blisters:

  • Rapid treatment of hot spots—One of the best ways to prevent blisters from forming is to ensure that any areas of the skin that are susceptible to excessive rubbing against your footwear are protected. Covering the spot with tape, liquid bandage, or moleskin will decrease the friction and help prevent the blistering in the first place. If you do notice a red irritation developing during an activity, treat the spot immediately with these methods to prevent the condition from worsening.
  • Stay properly hydrated—Dehydration can cause your feet to become swollen which has the effect of increasing the friction and rubbing on your feet, causing blister formation. Drink plenty of healthy fluids all day and especially during and after exercise.
  • Properly-fitting shoes are essential—Shoes that are too tight or too loose can also be a major cause of blisters. Both situations lead to the friction and pressure that causes blisters to develop. Be sure to wear a shoe that is properly-fitted and appropriate for the activity to decrease the chances of blistering.

If you are experiencing painful and recurrent blistering on your feet, see your podiatrist to determine the cause and to receive the proper treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.