The skin of your feet is pretty susceptible to those raised, fluid-filled bubbles we call blisters. That’s because the main cause of blisters is friction, or rubbing. Shoes that don’t fit well are one of the main causes of friction: too tight and they rub the skin over and over. Even shoes that are too wide or too stiff can provoke the excessive rubbing that forms blisters. Blisters can also form as a result of trauma to the skin, such as frostbite or burns.
The best way to treat a blister on your foot is to prevent one from forming at all! You can accomplish this by
- Choosing shoes that fit properly in the toes, sides, and heel. (Read more about properly fitting shoes on our website by clicking here).
- Wearing seamless socks that fit snugly, but not tightly.
- Applying petroleum jelly and a bandage to spots that you find are particularly prone to blisters. On the feet, these vulnerable spots tend to be the back of the heel or on the toes.
When to seek a doctor’s care
If you do get a blister, first try changing your shoes or socks. But consider calling podiatrists Craig B. Frey, DPM or Megan L. Oltmann, DPM at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in any of the following instances:
- If you’re diabetic.
It’s critical that diabetics not treat blisters on their own. Home treatment (“bathroom surgery”) can quickly lead to dangerous infections and unnecessary amputation.
- If you get blisters a lot.
If you experience frequent skin irritation that leads to blisters, let us examine your feet and your gait. There may be some kind of imbalance that we can fix with special shoe inserts.
- If a blister is slow to heal.
In general, a blister will pop on its own and as long as you keep the area clean and dry, will heal nicely. If it doesn’t heal, or if you see the area become red or swollen, make an appointment with us, as you may need to be treated for an infection.
We’re happy to field your questions about blisters or to see you in our convenient, modern office in Solon, Ohio for any foot issues you may be having. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online.