A blister that forms on the skin of the feet is a common response to excess friction from shoes, or from an injury. It is defined as the body’s natural defense mechanism to protect damaged skin. A small area that is filled with liquid can form over the raw skin, and this protects the skin as new skin develops. It is important to cover the blister, and this can help to avoid premature popping. A loose elastic bandage generally works well, or some people use a padded bandage. When new skin has grown, the blister is no longer needed, and will gradually drain. Common reasons for patients to develop blisters can include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, having an allergic reaction, or possibly from severe sunburn. Additionally, blisters may form from wearing damp socks, and it can help to wear socks that can absorb moisture. If a chemical spills on the feet, the result may be a blister forming. If you have blisters on your feet that are recurring, or if a blister has become infected, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment options.
Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Jonathan Kletz of Texas Foot Works. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.
(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)
Prevention & Treatment
In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.
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