Pop Goes The Blister
A blister is a pocket of fluid that builds up under the skin from shear forces and friction. Blisters occur most frequently in the beginning of a training regimen and/or sporting season, but we all know that new shoes will bring up a pesky blister quickly too.
Which areas are most vulnerable? ANY area of your feet that rubs against your shoe with excessive friction. It first starts as a small area of redness, then progresses to fluid under the skin.
- If “hot spots” or areas of increased friction occur, ice can be helpful for pain.
- Second skin or mole skin are great options to help prevent further blister development. They are superior to regular Band-Aids and will allow the blister to heal while you stay active!
TIP –> Use the “donut” method when cutting the moleskin. Cut a circle of the soft cloth larger than the blister. Then cut a hole out of the middle slightly larger than the actual blister.
- If you’re a perfectly healthy person, then you should be able to treat a normal blister at home following this method below.
(Don’t just POP it though; be gentle with your feet!)
- GENTLY pierce the blister with a clean needle that has been sanitized with rubbing alcohol
- Lightly press on the blister to drain the fluid
- Remember to keep the skin covering the blister in place, as it will protect the blister from infection and keep the raw skin clean
- Apply an antiseptic such as Bacitracin and cover it with a Band-Aid.
- Repeat this if the fluid returns in a day
- Once the blister dries out and the raw skin heels, it’s ok to trim away the dead skin.
If you have diabetes or health issues, if the blisters keep coming back or are scaly, then it’s time to call the doctor. Open wounds on your feet can be deadly for diabetics especially. Scroll through the slideshow for blister prevention tips.
Blisters may sound like a casual annoyance, but in some cases, left untreated, a serious infection can arise. Please call the office (859-264-1141) or make an appointment if you need treatment for sore foot.