Does this sound familiar? You start a new running routine, determined to stick with it this time. First time out your new running shoes are rubbing on one spot on your foot. By the end of the second run you have a full fledged blister and your new fitness plan is derailed. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we want to help patients get back on track quickly and prevent blisters in the future.
What’s the Cause?
Blisters are the body’s way of protecting new skin that’s forming in a place where skin has become irritated and inflamed from friction, usually coming from your socks or shoes. The fluid filled sack provides a sterile environment for new skin to form. In addition to socks or shoes rubbing on your skin, blisters excess moisture from perspiration trapped on your foot can also increase the risk for blisters. Some ways to prevent blisters from forming are:
- Choose properly fitting shoes that do not rub or create friction anywhere on your toes, feet or ankles. Get your foot professionally measured to ensure that you are buying the correct size.
- Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are the most swollen. Don’t buy shoes that don’t feel comfortable in the store. Feet also tend to swell during exercise and athletic activities so that’s another reason to try shoes on when feet are at their biggest.
- Wear socks that wick moisture away from the skin and keep sweat from accumulating.
- Try foot powders to help keep feet dry.
Blisters do not usually require a trip to the podiatrist. Although it’s tempting, don’t pop blisters. This can create an entry point for bacteria which could result in an infection. Instead, cover the blister with a bandage or gauze and avoid wearing the shoes that caused the blister originally. If the blister pops open on its own, wash with only soap and water and then apply an antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage. If you notice any discharge or there is a bad smell coming from the area, an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh would then be advisable. Contact our Edmond or Norman office for an appointment by calling (405) 285-7408.