Runners can easily develop blisters on their toes, soles, insides of their feet, and heels. Blisters are liquid-filled pockets of skin that can develop on the feet from a combination of heat, friction, and sweat. Common causes of foot blisters are poorly fitting shoes, socks that do not sufficiently protect the feet, and sweaty feet. To prevent blisters while running, wear well-fitted shoes that do not allow the foot to rub against the inside of the shoe. Break in new running shoes slowly until you know they are comfortable. When purchasing running shoes, shop for them later in the day when feet are at their largest, and wear socks you plan to wear while running. Measure both feet and buy shoes that correspond to the biggest size foot. If inserts are needed, make sure to put them in the shoes you plan to buy so you know they fit well, and you will maintain comfort. Socks worn while running should be clean and made of breathable material. Compression socks can help with circulation, toe socks can reduce friction between toes, and padded socks can help cushion the foot during runs. If a blister develops, do not pop it. Cover it with an adhesive bandage and allow it to heal. If your blister persists or worsens, contact a podiatrist who can help with treatment and provide more ideas for prevention.
Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Devin Bland, DPM of Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.
How Do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.
Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.
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