Blisters are not uncommon among anyone who walks or hikes frequently. Prevention is probably the best treatment for these painful bubbles that form on the skin. A blister develops as the result of excessive rubbing of the skin on the toes inside a shoe, combined with heat and moisture from walking. The skin reacts to this friction by separating at its top layer, where fluid forms to protect the layers of skin underneath. Blisters can be extremely painful and can easily ruin a hiking trip. First and foremost, breaking in your hiking boots is essential, while also making sure they provide proper cushioning and fit well. It is thought by hiking experts that doing a few trial hikes of shorter distances can both break in the boots and help toughen up the feet. Many people wear socks specifically made for hiking that wick moisture away from the skin and are made with extra padding. Bring along protective tape and bandages, which can be applied at the first hint that a blister may be forming. Blisters generally go away on their own after a few days. However, in the case of a broken blister or possible infection, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can safely treat the injured skin.
Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of the podiatrists of JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.
(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)
- Bubble of skin filled with fluid
- Moderate to severe pain
Prevention & Treatment
In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.