They are fluid-filled bubbles that result from poorly-fitted shoes, excessive moisture or chemical exposure. Other causes are frostbite, sunburn, allergic reactions and fungal infections.
Unfortunately, some blisters do not heal from home treatments and can worsen over time. If your blister causes you pain and severe discomfort, then you may need to consult a podiatrist to avoid infection.
Your blister can be drained in the office by using a sterile needle. If infection is a concern, a sample can be tested to make sure it is indeed a result of the blister. If you feel comfortable draining the blister on your own, here are 5 simple steps to follow:
- Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap.
- Disinfect the needle with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol.
- Clean the blister with antiseptic.
- Make a small puncture in the blister.
- Allow the fluid to drain.
If you decide to leave it alone to heal, an adhesive bandage will protect it until you can determine how you need to move towards a solution. I suppose you can say it is a wise interim situation, in addition to wearing soft shoes during this time to avoid further friction.
How to prevent a blister:
- If friction is the cause, then properly-fitted shoes are in order. Shop for insoles or buy the best fitting shoe you can find.
- If you are an athlete, make sure that your feet and in between your toes are always dry. Apply foot powder to reduce sweating or wear moisture-wicking socks since they dry faster and reduce moisture.
- If allergies are the culprit, this could be a result of powder, lotion or soap, and obviously avoiding those products will help.
- Lastly, a medical condition would require treatment from a podiatrist and the underlying problem should be considered.
Blisters on your feet can hold up your daily activities more than you think, especially if they become infected. A quick consultation with Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers can make all the difference. Our centers are conveniently located in Macomb county with offices in St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb, MI. For an office visit, call us at 586-779-6140 and schedule an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM. Your feet are in good hands with our podiatry team!