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Why Do Blisters on the Feet Develop?

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 00:00

When the upper layer of skin has been damaged, the body’s natural defense mechanism can form a blister for protection. It is defined as a small area that resembles a bubble and is filled with liquid that cushions that raw skin as the healing process occurs. Blisters generally develop from excessive friction and can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly is a common cause of blisters. There are some patients who have specific medical conditions that can cause blisters. These can include eczema and psoriasis, in addition to developing an allergic reaction to an insect bite. It can be beneficial to cover the blister with a protective covering while accomplishing daily activities, which may help to prevent premature popping and draining. If you have a blister on your foot, please speak with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment techniques that can possibly avoid an infection from developing. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM of Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Garner and Kenansville, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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