Treating & Preventing Foot Blisters

Getting blisters on your feet is a common occurrence due to all the stress and pressure that your feet are under with just daily activities. Add sporting and exercise routines, and the likelihood of blistering increases further. Catching hotspots and blisters before the skin breaks can help avoid complications and possible infections.

Treatment for blisters consists of the following:

  • You can carefully drain the fluid from a blister by taking a sterilized needle and inserting it at the edge of the blister to make a hole.
  • Press on the blister with cotton and squeeze out the fluid while trying not to break the skin. The skin will help cover and protect the area while it heals.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the area and cover with a Band-Aid or bandage to help prevent rubbing and infection.

You can help prevent blisters from forming with the following tips:

  • Prevent friction against the inside of your shoes—Wear properly fitted and sized shoes and check for any corresponding areas to cloth and stitching where you see redness and blistering. Placing moleskin over hotspots can decrease rubbing.
  • Keep your feet as dry as possible—Wear breathable shoes and socks. Moisture-wicking socks and shoes made of breathable material like Gore-Tex and canvas will decrease moisture and blisters are less likely to form when your skin is dry. Apply foot powder to decrease the effects of sweating.
  • Avoid allergens—Blisters can also form as an allergic response to chemicals and medications. Work with your foot doctor to determine what might be causing the blistering.

If you are experiencing recurring pain and discomfort with blisters on your feet, your foot care specialist can help. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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