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Causes and Symptoms of Foot Blisters

Blisters, those tiny pockets of annoyance that can develop on the feet, are often the result of friction, heat, and moisture conspiring against our skin. Blisters form as a protective response, shielding the delicate layers of skin beneath from further damage. Ill-fitting footwear, especially new shoes that have not been properly broken in, are common culprits. Extended periods of walking, running, or any repetitive motion can exacerbate the friction, triggering blisters. Additionally, sweaty feet trapped in damp environments provide the ideal environment. The symptoms are tender, swollen patches of skin filled with clear fluid, which may eventually rupture, leaving raw skin exposed. While prevention through comfortable footwear and moisture-wicking socks is key, understanding the causes and symptoms equips you to treat blisters promptly and prevent their unwelcome intrusion. If you frequently develop blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with additional prevention techniques.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Rogers, AR or Berryville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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