Dealing With Blisters on the Feet
Blisters are pockets filled with fluid that develop beneath the top layer of skin as the result of injury, friction, or infection. They develop as the body’s line of defense against further damage and help cushion the area from additional harm. Usually, blisters develop on the outer layer of thickened skin, commonly on the feet. Because we use our feet for practically everything we do and they are filled with so many nerves and blood vessels, when we get blisters on our feet, they can hurt. Most blisters are caused by friction or pressure against the skin of the feet. This can easily happen by wearing ill-fitting footwear that rubs on the feet. The blister will first appear as a red spot that if continually irritated will cause small tears in the skin. The body sends fluid to fill these tears and protect the underlying layers of tissue. If your blisters persist despite changing shoes and socks to those that fit well and do not rub against the skin, or if the blisters look like they are becoming infected, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to see if there is another cause for the blistering and to get help in treatment.
Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.
What Are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.
How Do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.
Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.