How to Avoid and Treat Painful Blisters on Your Feet

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Blisters on your feet are caused by the coexistence of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs during running, hiking, and walking. When these fluid-filled sacs form, they often result in pain, redness, and possible infection.

Some tips to treat and prevent blisters on your feet include the following:

  • Treat hot spots as they occur—Areas of the skin that are likely to blister will get red and irritated first, and applying Band-Aids, liquid bandage, or moleskin at these first signs will decrease the friction. By treating hot spots immediately with these methods, blisters can often be prevented.

  • Drink healthy fluids—Always drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day, since dehydration can cause your feet to become swollen and increase rubbing on your footwear.

  • Wear the right shoes—Wear shoes that are properly fitted to your particular foot type. When shoes are too tight or too loose, blisters form more easily from the rubbing that is caused. Your foot doctor can perform a computerized gait analysis to check for any problems with overpronation. Not only can gait abnormalities adversely affect your feet and ankles, but also pain and discomfort can radiate to your knees, hips, and back.

If you are experiencing painful blisters on your feet, see your podiatrist to determine the cause and have a computerized gait analysis done to make sure your footwear is properly fitted. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.