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Best Treatments for Foot Blisters

Oh the pain and agony of foot blisters! Blisters on the feet can be terribly painful, and are typically the result of wearing shoes that are too tight or that are otherwise ill-fitting. Blisters result when the outer layer of your skin separates from the inner layers and becomes filled with lymph fluid. Blisters can make life nearly unbearable, especially if you work in a job where you must be on your feet much of the day.

Blister treatment

When treating foot blisters:

• Clean the area around the blister, using mild soap and warm water. You can also apply an anti-bacterial salve or ointment to the blistered area, such as Neosporin.

 • Determine if you want to allow the blister to heal on its own, or if you want to drain it. In general, you should allow it to heal by itself unless it is making it difficult or painful for you to walk.

• If you choose to drain the blister, first sterilize a thin needle or pin using rubbing alcohol. Insert the needle or pin at the base of the blister and then again on the blister’s side. The lymph liquid should drain away. Be careful to avoid pulling away the loose skin that will remain once the fluid has drained; this will make the blister more likely to become infected. Cover the area with a large bandage

• If not draining the blister, you should allow the blister to be exposed to the air as much as possible for healing. You can purchase a doughnut-hole bandage that can be placed on the foot to cushion the area so that the blister is not subjected to as much weight when you walk.

• If the blister drains pus or blood, or if the blister fails to heal properly after a week or so, you may need to see your doctor to rule out infection.

Prevention of Foot Blisters

Your mother likely told you that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to foot blisters, she was definitely right on the money. Preventing foot blisters in the first place can save you a lot of pain and discomfort in the long run.

To prevent blisters on your feet, only wear shoes that fit properly. Protect the areas of your feet that are prone to blistering with bandages or so-called “second skin”. When wearing boots, be sure that all seams within the boot are flat. Keep your feet dry; wearing wet boots, shoes, or socks makes it more likely that your feet will become blistered. Use foot powder to keep your feet cool and dry.
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