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What are blisters?

Those who walk or run long distances will be no strangers to foot blisters. Blisters are puffy, fluid-filled pockets that occur in the top layer of the skin. They occur after the skin gets damaged as to protect the skin and promote healing of the injured area.

What causes blisters?

When the skin undergoes friction, such as repeated rubbing against the inside of the shoe or spending long hours on the feet, a blister can form. Other causes include:

  • Skin burns
  • Insect bites
  • Infections
  • Excess moisture/sweating
  • Excess pressure
  • Allergies
  • Trauma

Wearing poorly fitting shoes — or new shoes that haven’t been broken in – can often set the wearer up for blisters.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptom is the appearance of a bubble-like, raised portion of skin. Other symptoms that may accompany the bubbled skin include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Tenderness
  • Pain

How do you treat blisters?

Treating blisters involves both managing the current blister and taking the right measures to reduce the risk of it coming back. 

  • Protect the blister with a loose, clean bandage until the body absorbs the fluid in the blister and the blister thoroughly heals
  • Avoid wearing tight footwear that will irritate or burst the blister as that can leave it vulnerable to infection or further damage 
  • When running or walking, wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes and clean and dry socks

If the blisters worsen, don’t heal, become discoloured or show signs of infection, you’ll need to consult a professional immediately.

Our team here at South Burnett Podiatry are experts when it comes to managing painful foot and skin conditions and will be able to provide you with the tips and tricks unique to your feet and lifestyle to minimise your risk of developing blisters and treating them effectively. If you have any questions about this or any other skin conditions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 07 4162 7633.

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