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Avoid Getting Blisters on Your Feet?

Blisters aren’t usually dangerous, they can be extremely painful and prevent patients from moving around freely. There are many ways of avoiding them. Some of the best strategies include always wearing good shoes and socks, using soft bandages or blister products on sore spots, and stopping activities that cause discomfort.

How Can You Avoid Getting Blisters on Your Feet?

Blistering happens when an area of the foot repeatedly rubs against another surface. In an attempt to protect itself from damage, the skin develops a fluid-filled blister that acts as a cushion and allows the tissue underneath to heal. Some people are more prone to blistering than others due to genetic factors or the shape of their feet.

You can do several things to prevent skin damage. Always wear good shoes, and choose socks made from natural fibres. You might have to buy several pairs of socks and shoes if you participate in various activities. Protect sensitive areas of your feet with bandages, anti-blister products, powder, or petroleum jelly.

Wear Good Shoes

Wearing good shoes is one of the best things you can do for your feet. Not only do breathable, well-fitted shoes reduce your risk of developing a blister, but they also protect your feet from hammer toes, bunions, and a range of other conditions. When you’re out shopping, always try on footwear to see whether it’s suitable. Walk around for a few minutes, and check that there is no pinching or grating.

Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes for prolonged periods because they put a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet and toes. Choose soft leather or fabric instead of stiff leather, and make sure your feet can breathe in your shoes to prevent a build up of sweat.

Choose the Right Socks

Great socks can also reduce the likelihood of blistering. In recent years, several products have been created specifically for people who often suffer from this issue. If you regularly get a blister when wearing new shoes or participating in sports, buy socks made from Coolmax or Merino wool. Natural fibres are better than synthetic ones.

Thickness also makes a difference. Socks that are too thin don’t adequately protect your feet, so they aren’t great if you’re going on a hike or participating in long-distance running. However, thinner socks are better if you’re in a wet environment or your feet are extremely sweaty. They allow the water to drain away more quickly.

Consider Soft Bandages or Blister Products

If you already know where you’re likely to develop a blister, take measures before you put on your socks and shoes. Apply a soft bandage to the area to protect it, or buy blister-prevention products from your local pharmacy. Adhesive bandages are usually best because they don’t come off very easily. You can also apply powder or petroleum jelly to sensitive areas of your feet. This reduces friction when your skin rubs together or against the fabric of your socks.

How to Treat a Blister

Most people don’t have to see GP or Podiatrist if they get mild blisters. This condition can almost always be treated at home. Patients should rest for at least a few days and avoid wearing shoes that rub against the affected area of the foot. Open wounds have to be disinfected. Because the fluid-filled sac is designed to protect the skin, it’s best not to pop it.

Home Remedies

Loosely cover your blister with a bandage or clean sock during the day to prevent it from getting infected. Avoid putting too much pressure on the blister, and remove the bandage in the evening. If you have to wear shoes that rub against the blistered area, wear padding. There are donut-shaped products available that can be placed around the blister.

Although it might be tempting, try not to pop your blister. Your body has created the fluid-filled sac for a reason, and it’s best to leave it in place until the skin underneath has healed. If your blister is extremely large or uncomfortable, you can pop it with a needle that has been sterilized with rubbing alcohol. After letting all the fluid leak out of your blister, disinfect it thoroughly. Don’t remove the blister’s skin because it is there for protection.

Once your blister has deflated, take good care of it. Wash your feet twice a day, and apply disinfectant. Change your socks each day to prevent a build up of bacteria.

You might require medical attention if your blister fails to heal on its own or has become infected. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re experiencing extreme pain, swelling, and redness. You can also come to see us if you have a blister that keeps coming back. Sometimes, blistering is the symptom of a postural issue or a foot condition like bunions.

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