Whether you work out regularly or are a weekend warrior, you know that well-fitting footwear is essential to being able to exercise in comfort and lessen the risk of injury to your feet. Be sure always to choose the right activity-specific footwear for your sport, whether walking, hiking, running, climbing or in-line skating.
However, even if your shoes are high-quality with a good fit, you still may get blisters. These common skin irritations result from excessive friction or rubbing on the foot from shoes and boots. Shoes that are too big can slip at the heel, creating friction, as can new shoes that are too stiff. Blisters can also be caused by simple foot sweating or fungal infections.
A blister is a pocket of fluid that forms on the epidermis, or upper skin layer. The enclosed fluid should be clear but can also appear yellow or pink in the presence of an infection.
Home Treatment for Blisters
Blisters can be treated at home very successfully, as long as there are no signs of infection. Don't drain or pop a blister. The covering skin protects the area from infection, so it's best to let it heal or pop on its own.
But if the blister is very sensitive or even painful, try these home care steps to drain the blister:
- Wash your hands and the foot carefully and dry.
- Clean the surface of the blister with rubbing alcohol - this will help prevent infection.
- Sterilize a sharp needle with alcohol.
- Insert the needle at the edge of the blister and let any fluid drain out.
- Leave the flap of skin on.
- Clean the area with hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment.
- Cover with a dry, sterile bandage.
If you notice any signs of infection such as redness, pus or warmth, please contact Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute for an appointment. You'll need professional treatment to eliminate the infection and prevent further harm.
Blisters Can Be Prevented
Avoid blisters by wearing well-fitting shoes made of breathable materials like leather, canvas and suede. Keep your feet dry with foot powder and wear socks that wick moisture away. You should not feel very much friction while walking, for example a slip in the heels. Add tape or an adhesive bandage to any friction-prone areas.
Patients with diabetes should inspect their feet daily for any injury, even a small blister. Come see us if you observe any type of foot injury.
We Can Help with Any Skin Problems on Your Feet or Ankles
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to treat infected blisters as well as any other skin conditions on the feet. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. An infected blister will not heal on its own, so please call us today!