What are Blisters?

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

Causes of Blisters:

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

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 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 antiseptic ointment and protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process

What will a podiatric physician do for you?

  • Remove the blister surface if needed
  • Prescribe appropriate medications, topical or oral
  • Recommend paddings, dressings, and friction-reducing measures

Your podiatric physician/surgeon has been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological, circulatory, skin, and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.