You can avoid painful blisters, an annoying phenomenon, with some straightforward advice. Poorly fitting shoes are one of the major causes of blisters and several other foot and ankle problems. Correcting the source of the blisters with properly fitted shoes and orthotics will solve knee, hip, and back problems as well. Talk to your foot doctor for additional assistance.
3 simple steps to help prevent blisters on your feet include:
- Wear appropriately sized and fitted shoes—Your shoes should have a half-inch of space between your toes and the front of the shoe. Choose shoes with a wide toe box so your toes can move freely without friction. Break in your shoes correctly, and always try on new shoes at the end of the day since your feet tend to swell up as much as ten percent over the course of the day. Avoid wearing shoes like high heels that push your toes together and rub in other areas causing blisters and many other problems.
- Prevent any rubbing against the inside of your shoes—Even properly fitted shoes can have blistering hot spots. You can apply tape or moleskin to the inside of the shoe or on the hot spot itself.
- Try to keep your feet dry—Blisters need moisture to form, so keep your feet dry by wearing breathable footwear made of materials like GoreTex. Also, wear the right socks. A moisture-wicking liner sock is often worn with another sock to keep feet dryer and avoid rubbing and blistering.
If you are experiencing painful blisters on your feet, make an appointment with your podiatrist for relief. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, 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.