By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 26, 2017
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We’ve all had one—those annoying painful, fluid-filled spots on our feet that sting with every step we take. Although blisters are a minor condition that don’t usually require the treatment of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we do want to remind patients that blisters can become infected, especially if you try to pop them (which you shouldn’t!). A yellow or white discharge or foul odor coming from the blister may indicate an infection and requires an appointment at our Edison, Monmouth Junction or Monroe office ASAP. An open blister can be particularly dangerous for patients with diabetes or other diseases that compromise the immune system or cause circulation difficulties.

Normally, the fluid from the blister will get reabsorbed into the body once new skin has developed under the irritated area. While this healing occurs, you should keep the area clean and covered with a bandage or some moleskin to prevent further rubbing and irritation.

Of course the best way to get relief from a blister is to avoid getting one in the first place!

Here are a few tips on how to prevent blisters:

  1. Only wear shoes that fit properly and are not worn out. As many as 9 out of 10 women and 1 out of 4 men are wearing shoes that are too small for them. Your foot may get larger as you age. Have your foot professionally measured and be sure shoes feel comfortable from day one—there’s no such thing as a “breaking in” period.
  2. Look for socks that wick moisture away from your feet and use a foot powder if you tend to have sweaty feet. That moisture creates more friction and increases the chances of a blister forming.
  3. Avoid tube socks or styles without heels because they tend to bunch up uncomfortably and can lead to blisters.
  4. If renting ski boots, ice skates, bowling or other sports related shoes take a few extra minutes and be sure the shoes are a good fit before beginning the activity.