Your skin can take a beating when defending you from the elements. The skin on your feet has one of the toughest jobs of all, saving your bones and tissues underneath from cuts, burns, and infections. Unfortunately, repeated trauma and friction can cause the painful, fluid-filled bumps we have come to know as blisters.
Tips for Treating and Preventing Blisters
In most cases, it is best to leave a blister alone and let it heal on its own. Once you stop the underlying cause of the trauma, the blister will take a few days to re-absorb into the body. In the meantime, you may clean the area with mild soap and water, pat it dry, and apply a donut-shaped pad to prevent it from breaking.
You can prevent future blisters, as well as other foot skin and toenail problems, with a few simple steps:
- Choose your shoes wisely. Ill-fitting shoes are the biggest cause of blisters. Shoes that are too tight may place constant pressure on heels and toes, while loose-fitting shoes may have seams or bumps rub against certain spots on the foot. Make sure that your shoes have enough room to wiggle your toes, but not so much that they slide back and forth as you walk.
- Check your socks. Runners and walkers know that socks should absorb sweat, but also draw moisture away from your skin. Follow their lead: opt for socks that have reinforcement in the toes and heels, enough cushioning to reduce friction on the soles, and as few seams as possible.
- Moisturize your feet. Supple skin is better at coping with friction. After bathing, apply a moisturizing lotion to your feet, and inspect them for any redness or signs of trauma.
Whether you have an ongoing condition or need immediate intervention for an injury, the foot specialists at Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry are here to help. Simply fill out our online contact form or call us at (301) 515-FEET to set up your first visit.