Treating & Preventing Blisters on Your Feet
Foot blisters are frequently caused by rubbing against the inside of your footwear that is caused by poorly fitting shoes. It is your body’s defensive response to protect itself, but it unfortunately often causes more harm than good. Changing your shoes and isolating the blister locations with pads will help to heal them and prevent future occurrences.
Treatment for blisters
You can carefully drain the fluid from a blister by using a sterilized needle and inserting it at the edge of the blister. Press on the blister with cotton and soak up the fluid without causing any break to the skin. Antibiotic ointment should be applied to the area and then it should be covered with a band-aid or bandage.
How to prevent blisters
● Avoid rubbing against the inside of your shoes - check to see how the blisters correspond to the location of excess cloth or stitching in your shoes and place a moleskin barrier over the location on your foot to let the blister heal. As soon as possible, get different shoes that don’t rub that area of your foot.
● Keep your feet dry - by wearing breathable shoes and socks. Blisters are less likely to form when your skin is dry.
If you are experiencing blistering problems with your feet, your foot care specialist can help. At Fit Feet for Life, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies and years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including heel pain, sports injuries, toe deformities, nail fungus, and plantar warts. Bonnie Sanchez, DPM, and Gregory Cook, DPM, provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area at our five offices conveniently located in Sun City Center, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and our two Tampa locations. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.