As everyone likely knows, blisters are small skin sacs that are filled with a clear fluid. Blisters form as a natural reaction to rubbing and friction and people who wear tight or poorly fitting shoes are more likely to get blisters on their feet. For patients with diabetes, blisters need to be found and treated promptly to help prevent infections. If you have toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes, you are more likely to experience problems with blisters due to the increased rubbing inside your shoes.
Treat blisters promptly to prevent worsening using the following methods:
- Use a sterilized pin or needle to gently puncture the edge of the blister. Squeeze out the fluid into a tissue, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover the blister to keep out infection.
- Padding like moleskin can be cut to size and inserted in your shoes or over any hot spots to isolate and insulate the area.
You can help prevent blisters with these tips:
- By locating areas of your shoes that correspond to any hot spots, you can see if there is any excess cloth or stitching that is in the way. Cut away any excess material or cover the area with an insulating pad. Orthotic inserts can be used to redirect pressure away from sensitive areas.
- Blisters like moisture, so by keeping your feet dry you will help to prevent blisters. Wear breathable socks and footwear to keep the moisture content of your shoes down.
If you are experiencing complications with blistering on your feet, your foot care specialist can help. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. 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 at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.