A common reason why blisters develop on the feet is friction. Wearing shoes that are too tight may result in excessive rubbing, causing blisters to develop on various parts of the feet. A blister is a small bubble that is filled with liquid, which protects the damaged skin. When new skin has formed underneath it, the blister will gradually drain. It is the body’s natural defense in protecting the skin, and it is important to refrain from prematurely popping it. An additional reason why blisters may form can include frostbite, causing tissue damage. There are various stages of frostbite, and blisters generally form in the second stage. Some people can develop blisters from an allergic reaction, or medical issues consisting of eczema, psoriasis, or shingles. If you have developed one or more blisters on your feet, please contact a podiatrist who can help you with treatment and discuss prevention methods with you.
Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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 our offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.