No matter how small, developing a blister can really turn a fun physical activity into an unpleasant and uncomfortable one. These fluid filled pockets are often caused by a combination of moisture, heat, and friction, which can occur especially during hiking, running, and other athletic activities.
Here are some tips to prevent and treat blisters:
- Wear appropriate socks – When it comes to blister prevention, choosing socks is a big deal. Avoid cotton socks and opt for moisture-wicking ones. Some athletes choose to layer thin socks to transfer the friction.
- Prevent hot spots – If you know of an area that tends to get blisters, prevent one from forming by applying a liquid bandage or medical tape. Do the same if you feel or notice an area getting irritated during an activity.
- Stay hydrated – Becoming dehydrated can lead to swollen friction-prone feet, so staying hydrated is important to reduce chances of your feet rubbing against your shoes.
- Ensure shoes fit right – If your shoes are too tight or too loose, they can lead to friction and blisters, so make sure you are wearing activity appropriate shoes.
- Treat blisters – If you develop a blister, do not pop it on purpose! If it does pop, keep the area clean, apply antibiotic ointment and protect with a bandage. You can also keep pressure off of the area with donut-shaped moleskins.
If your blister becomes infected, or an underlying foot or ankle condition is contributing to the development of blisters, consult with an experienced foot care specialist for treatment. Your Next Step has a team of board-certified podiatrists Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen who treat all types of foot and ankle conditions, including heel pain, sports injuries, nail fungus, toe deformities, diabetic foot problems, and arthritis. Your Next Step uses innovative technologies to diagnose and treat conditions, and even offers an in-office shoe store for the most comfortable fit! Contact our Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown offices to schedule an appointment today!