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Blisters - best approach?

Date Posted: 19 February 2016

Blisters - What's the best approach?

At some point or another you will all of suffered from a blister. Many people ask me what is the best approach to dealing with them. Well hopefully by the end of this blog all will become clear!

The society of chiropodist and podiatrist have written some good advice on how to manage them if they do occur but prevention will always be better!

What are blisters?

Blisters are fluid-filled lesions produced by friction and pressure. They can be caused by the following:

  • Ill-fitting footwear
  • Stiff shoes
  • Wrinkled socks against the skin
  • Excessive moisture
  • Foot deformities

Best treatment for blisters?

It is important to act immediately if you feel any friction or discomfort as blisters can form very quickly. Stop walking or running and examine your feet and if nothing has developed, consider applying some material or padding to cushion the area or even a breathable waterproof plaster.

If a blister does occur, do not pop it. Cut a hole in a piece foam or felt to form a doughnut over the blister. Tape the foam or felt in place or cover with a soft gel-type dressing. Treat an open blister with mild soap and water, cover it with an antiseptic ointment and a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.

Most foot blisters last between three and seven days and will normally clear up if further excessive friction is avoided.

Best treatment is prevention - here are some tips to remember

  • Keep your feet dry and your toenails trimmed
  • Always wear socks of the right size as a cushion between your feet and footwear and change your socks daily
  • Wear comfortable, good-fitting footwear, especially on long walks or runs
  • For very sweaty feet, use products that help control excessive moisture
  • Immediately remove any foreign bodies that accumulate in socks and boots
  • Ensure the tongue and laces of your boots are arranged correctly and evenly
  • Check your feet regularly for any sign of rubbing and tenderness

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*Taken from the society of chiropodist and podiatrists