Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:00

Preventing and Treating Blisters

In the warm months, most of us enjoy extra time exercising and recreating outside. The problem is that sometimes we’re wearing new shoes, or shoes that we don’t wear very often, or inexpensive shoes that are attractive, but don’t fit very well. Next thing we know we’re dealing with blisters on our feet.

A blister is caused by friction between the skin something else – perhaps the inside of a shoe or clothing, or even by rubbing repeatedly against another bit of skin. Heat builds up causing a swelling under the skin, which may or may not have fluid in it as it rises. Typically, small blisters are uncomfortable and inconvenient and will go away on their own. Occasionally, blisters can be more severe and require the attention of podiatrists like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM.

Preventing Blisters

$1·      Taping: The first sign of a blister is usually a red spot on the skin, possibly at the back of the heel, the instep or toes. This is known as a hot spot and is an early warning sign that a blister is forming. If you cover the spot with a bandage or tape as soon as you notice it, you can prevent a blister.

$1·      Keep feet dry: Keeping your feet clean and dry and changing your socks regularly is important to all aspects of podiatric health, including blister prevention. Damp or wet socks will cause more friction and faster than dry socks. Use powder to ensure dry feet when exercising.

$1·      Socks:  Some people prefer thick, cushioned socks; others wear two layers of thins socks. The second layer stops the first one from rubbing against the skin. Try both to find what works best for you. Remember: wool socks will stay dryer than cotton. Lightweight wool socks are available for summer.

$1·      Shoes: Take care of your footwear. Buy shoes that fit correctly. Poorly fitting shoes that are either too tight or too big will increase rubbing or friction at the heels and toes. Running shoes should be replaced after 6 months or 500 miles.

Treating Blisters

Don’t squeeze or pop a blister. It will drain on its own soon enough. Wear open shoes if you can, or a pair that doesn’t bother the blister. Cover the blister with a bandage or use a bit of padded tape with a hole cut out to protect the blister.

If your blister is very tender or if you have more than one, you don’t have to suffer. Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova can help with expert bandaging or sterile draining. Click here or call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 to schedule a convenient appointment at our state of the art Pikesville office today.