Tooronga Podiatry

Bllisters

Here’s everything you need to know to prevent blisters in the future and have your feet feeling fresh.

 

Blisters form because of moisture and friction, so finding ways to minimise this is essential to blister prevention and treatment.

  • Wearing natural fibre socks helps by wicking away moisture, merino wool, alpaca or bamboo are fabrics we commonly recommend.
  • Covering ‘hot-spots’ with hypoallergenic tape is a good way to prevent blisters, this is particularly important if you’re going on long walks or wearing shoes that have caused blisters in the past.
  • Breaking new shoes is essential to blister prevention. Wearing your new shoes for short periods of time allows the material to loosen and better conform to your feet.
  • If it’s too late for preventative measures and you’ve already developed a blister, the best thing you can do is keep the area clean. If the skin is no longer intact, the blister is at a greater risk of becoming infected. By simply dressing the blister with an antiseptic and covering with a plaster, the blister is kept sterile and well protected.
  • Although tempting, you should avoid popping blisters that are fluid filled as this also reduces the chance of infection and prevents future scarring.
  • By applying padding around the affected area you can offload the blister and reduce further skin irritation, this allows it to heal quickly and reduces pain.

Remember, prevention is the key to blister management, they are lots harder to manage than they are to avoid.

If you’re at all concerned with the look of a blister or you’re planning on completing a long walk and are worried about hotspots, book an appointment with your friendly podiatrist today.

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