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How to Prevent Foot Blisters

Before an individual knows what has happened, foot blisters have formed and there is nothing that can be done about them but to treat them and try to prevent any further blisters from developing. Burns and friction are the two most common causes of blisters.

The most common place that blisters form, however, is on the heel of the foot. All too often, individuals wear shoes that may be somewhat too big and these rub up and down at the heel area while they are walking and this friction causes blisters to develop.

Others may buy new shoes and attempt to wear them for an extended amount of time while walking before the shoes are completely “broken in” and this will many times cause blisters on different areas of the feet. These bubbles filled with fluid known as blisters can become painful especially if the activity that caused the blister is repeated again before the blister has had time to mend or heal.

Some preventative suggestions to help in the avoidance of blisters are:

• Break brand new shoes in slowly before wearing them for great lengths of time.
• If an area of the foot is rubbing against the inside of the shoe, place a bandage over the area as a protection barrier.
This should be done as soon as any discomfort is felt. Some also use petroleum jelly however this may need to be done periodically throughout the day and can be messy as well as inconvenient for many.

• Try thicker socks as a barrier between shoes and the feet.

• To aid in the absorption of moisture wear cotton socks, with dressier shoes one should try to wear polyester or acrylic fiber stockings or socks as these will help in lowering the friction between the feet and the shoes.

• For those who wear high heeled shoes on nearly a daily basis to work or where ever they may be, they should try wearing sneakers or some kind of sandal like a flip-flop until they reach their destination.

• If a pair of shoes causes a blister, it should be allowed to heal before wearing those particular shoes again.

Painful Blisters

Once blisters on feet have formed, try to keep them intact and do not try to pop them. The best foot blister treatment is to leave the blister intact as the skin over the bubble protects from bacteria and lowers the chances of an infection. The fluid will be naturally absorbed by the body as the blister heals itself. Whether it has broken or not, the blister should be covered with a bandage of some sort in order to absorb moisture.

Sometimes the blister may become painful and it may be necessary to drain the fluid from the sac. When this is done the skin that formed the bubble should be left intact and not pulled or cut off. To alleviate some of the pain, individuals may try some of the following suggestions:

• Use warm water and a mild soap to wash one’s hands and then the blister.
• Use rubbing alcohol or iodine to cleanse the blister.
• After cleansing apply an OTC antibiotic cream and cover with a breathable bandage.
• For additional pain, take an OTC pain reliever as directed.
• Always keep in mind that if signs of an infection develop, individuals should contact their family physician for further advice or treatment. Prevention of a blister is the best suggestion of all. The feet endure a great amount of pressure and stress throughout the day and should be pampered and well cared for.
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