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Managing Blisters on the Feet

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Blisters are small fluid-filled pockets that commonly form on the skin and can be particularly bothersome when they develop on the feet. Whether caused by friction from wearing ill-fitting shoes, prolonged walking, running, or heat, blisters can cause discomfort and interfere with daily activities. While most blisters on the feet heal naturally within a week, it is essential to avoid popping them yourself, as this can increase the risk of infection and prolong recovery time. Instead, gently cover the blister with a dry, sterile dressing to help protect it as it heals. If there are signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, seeking prompt medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. Podiatrists may prescribe antibiotics for infected blisters or perform procedures like blister drainage under sterile conditions for larger or more painful blisters. If you experience persistent or recurrent blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure safe and effective treatment as well as prevention strategies.

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. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

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)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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