Foot Problems

Blisters

Blisters are painful, fluid-filled lesions, often caused by friction and pressure.

Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist - http://www.foothealth.ca/ Retrieved: 2009-06-01

Image Source: Wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Smlp6860.jpg Retrieved: 2009-06-01

Causes Of Blisters

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Stiff shoes
  • Wrinkled socks against the skin
  • Excessive moisture
  • Foot deformities
  • Biomechanical imbalances

What can you do?

  • Keep your feet dry.
  • Always wear socks as a cushion between your feet and shoes.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes.
  • If a small blister does occur, do not pop it.
  • Cut a hole in a 1/4" piece of foam or felt, forming a "doughnut" over the blister; tape the foam or felt in place or cover with a soft gel type dressing.
  • Treat an open blister with mild soap and water; cover it with an anti-septic ointment and protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.

What can a Podiatrist do?

  • Obtain a fungal culture.
  • Prescribe topical medications.
  • Prescribe oral anti-fungal medications.