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Blisters on Feet

 

Blisters on the feet, or foot chafing, can be highly problematic when attempting to participate in various sports and outdoor activities. It is important to address foot blisters as soon as they form in order to prevent infections and further complications. This article will provide information regarding the causes of blisters on the feet and ways to prevent them.

What causes Foot Chafing

Chafing of the feet is caused by frequent friction and heat on the skin, This may be due to exsessive moisture, ill-fitting shoes or a combination of both. Painful blisters on the feet are a result of chafing. Individuals with wider feet may experience blisters around the edges of the feet near the pinky toes.

The material of the inside of the shoe may also cause chafing. In this case, it is imporant to wear socks, or other protection, to keep the feet from rubbing against the inside of the shoe.

How to Prevent Chafing

It is important to keep the feet as dry as possible at all times during activities. This can be accomplished by wearing cotton socks, applying a drying foot powder or spray product. These can effectively absorb moisture to keep blisters on the feet from forming.

To prevent friction, a petroleum jelly, or other lubricants, can be applied to trouble areas that are more prone to rub against the inside of the shoe, etc. the baby toe. These products can be purchased at local drug stores or supermarkets and are generally inexpensive.

Wearing proper fitting shoes is a necessity. Shoes that leave too much space or are too “snug” may causes painful blisters on the feet. Not to mention some shoe designs may have uncomfortable pressure areas and these, too, are not suitable for sports and outdoor activities.

 

How to Treat Blisters on the Feet

Many blisters that are small in size may heal by themselves and usually do not require any special treatment.

If they are painful, it is best to wash them with an anti-bacterial soap and cover them with a bandage. Applying an anti-bacterial or wound ointment is optional.

To puncture blisters on the feet, a sterile needle must be used. This can be accomplished by heating the needle or wiping it with rubbing alcohol. Gently poke a small hole in the blister, and easily apply pressure to it so the blister can drain. Cover the deflated blister with a bandage and attempt to avoid the activity that caused the blister initially.

Helpful Products

There are a handful of helpful products available that can prevent and treat painful blisters on the feet. These products are currently offered on Amazon.com.

Body Glide Foot Anti Blister Balm is formulated with allantoin that acts as a powerful skin protectant.

RunGoo Blister prevents blisters on the feet by using a blend of thick waxes.

ENGO Oval Blister Prevention Patches can be applied to hot spots directly inside the shoe that cause the most friction.