Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Treat and prevent blisters on the feet
You don’t have to live with blisters on your feet. In almost all cases, we are able to help patients completely eliminate blistering.
Blisters are caused either by friction or excessive pressure. Our main goal in blister prevention is to determine what forces are causing your blisters and then reverse those forces. Treatment for blister prevention may include:
- Use orthotics or plantar supports to reduce excessive movement (thereby reducing the amount of friction). The more the orthotic reduces movement, the less likely you are to get blisters. For over-the-counter plantar supports, we recommend medical grade plantar supports. To further limit movement, consult your Podiatrist for custom-made foot orthotics. Foot orthotics can be used because they are specially designed to eliminate the friction that causes blisters.
- Every morning, after drying your feet, apply an anti-perspirant and a foot deodorant to protect against foot odor and excessive perspiration.
- Avoid cotton socks. Cotton retains moisture on the skin. Instead, wear socks that wick moisture away from the skin. We recommend socks with silver fiber. In addition to wicking away moisture, silver is naturally antimicrobial and seamless socks safely prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi.
- Use blister dressings on affected areas. These dressings reduce friction and work better than standard treatments (such as moleskin).
- If your shoes have “hot spots” that cause blisters, stretch your shoes in these areas. You can stretch them yourself with a shoe extender.
- Find a shoe store with well-trained staff who will be able to ensure that you get a well-fitting pair of shoes. A good shoe clerk will be able to show you the best fitting shoes and can often modify them to better prevent blisters from forming. We recommend shoes that have more space in the toe area and are easy to adjust.
Treat blisters on the foot
If the bulb has not burst, do not pierce it. Most of the time, the liquid will be reabsorbed and the blister will heal on its own.
If it is painful, the blister can be removed, but leaving the skin on the blister. Put on a blister dressing.
Don’t forget to bring in an assortment of shoes that you usually wear, especially the pairs that caused the blisters in the first place.
Healthy feet allow for regular exercise and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a blister problem that has not been relieved by following the above suggestions, make an appointment and come see us at our clinic in Montreal. We can offer you conservative treatment options that will help relieve your pain.2021