BlisterThere are many foot problems out there that almost anyone can develop. Some of these are problems such as plantar fasciitis, or sometimes it can be a simple yet painful, blister. Everyone has experienced at least one blister in his or her life. The one thing anyone who has had one knows to be true is that blisters hurt terribly and cause significant problems with just walking, not to mention working out. Just what are blisters and who is more likely to develop them? This blog is going to focus on these two questions, as well as how to treat blisters by doing things such as using bandages to wearing proper shoes after the blister has healed.

What Are Blisters?

Blisters can be small or large bubbles filled with fluid. There are times where a blister might only be filled with a pocket of air; regardless, blisters are painful and cause many problems for people going about their lives. Wearing ill-fitting shoes that are either far too tight for your feet or that are quite loose are the most common way to form blisters. Ill-fitting shoes can cause a blister because of friction build-up on your ankles and feet. You can solve this by no longer wearing the tight or loose shoes and finding shoes that fit your feet correctly. Other ways blisters form is by walking barefoot, from your skin being burned, and other injuries. However, the most common cause is what we have written about; friction from shoes. Since these are so common, many people seek just how to treat blisters and get rid of them. This is covered later on in our blog. 

Who Is More Susceptible To Blisters?

Anyone can get blisters from ill-fitting shoes, but the people who are more likely to get blisters from friction or pressure are athletes or those who hike. Many times, these individuals have the right shoes, but they still run or climb more than the normal person. This can cause pressure to build up over time on their skin, forming a blister. Athletes and hikers should always make sure they not only have proper fitting shoes, but socks as well.

You will also be susceptible to blisters if you find that your shoes or socks are frequently rubbing your feet awkwardly. If you plan on running or walking more than your feet are used to, always make sure to wear proper shoes and wear padding against your feet and shoes. This will help keep your foot from rubbing oddly against your shoe and help you as you treat blisters that already exist. 

How Do You Treat Blisters?

Thankfully, it is easy to treat blisters and take care of them. Many people do not need to seek medical help if they treat blisters properly. One of the common ways many people want to treat blisters is by poking it with a needle or sharp object. This is possible to do, but you should always make sure to use a sterilized needle. You should not do this for every blister, and it might be wise for you to seek help from a professional. If you do not want to do this you can wait as new skin develops under the blister, and absorbs the fluid, therefore getting rid of your blister. Utilize patience if possible, but if you pop the blister or notice it has popped, make sure to clean the blister regularly with warm water and gentle soap to ensure it does not get infected.

You can treat blisters and any pain associated with them by using bandages that will help keep your blister from rubbing up against the shoes you wear. However, one of the best ways to treat blisters and ensure that you avoid any in the future is to purchase shoes that fit much better than the ones you currently own. It is a good idea to get shoes like orthotic shoes for your everyday life and also get orthotic athletic shoes.

In Closing

The Orthotic Shop has a great selection of orthotic shoes, compression socks, and other types of blister treatments just for you. You will be able to treat blisters easily, as well as avoid getting more in the future. Take a look around our shop to find the perfect shoes and socks for you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!