The inevitable combination of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs while participating in sports, hiking, and other activities can cause blisters to form on your feet. Preventing blisters can be accomplished by isolating the problem area and decreasing the force of any rubbing on the insides of your footwear.
Some great tips to help prevent blisters include the following:
- Treat hot spots—Cover spots on the skin that are susceptible to blistering with tape, liquid bandage or Moleskine. This protection will decrease the friction and avoid blistering.
- Keep properly hydrated—Dehydration can cause your feet to become swollen which increases the size of your feet and can lead to friction in your footwear. Drink plenty of healthy fluids before, during, and after exercise to maintain your optimal fluid balance.
- Wear the right shoes—Don’t wear tight-fitting shoes or shoes that are too loose since either can lead to friction and pressure that cause blistering. Always wear shoes that are properly-fitted and appropriate for the activity in which you are engaged to prevent the development of blisters.
If your blister pops or becomes infected, you need to consult with a foot care specialist for the best treatment. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists helps to diagnose and treat a variety of podiatric issues, including sports injuries, arthritis, bunions, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Foot doctors Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area. Contact our offices located in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown, PA for more information or to schedule an appointment.