We all know blisters. They’re small but painful, and can really put a damper on your day when one appears on your foot. They can get infected and cause significant discomfort that gets in the way of walking and other tasks. They form as a way to protect the layers of skin underneath from more damage, which is why they often bubble with fluid. Common culprits? poorly-fitted shoes, repetitive pressure, overexposure to the sun, and other situations that cause excessive friction.
Blisters usually become red, tender, and form a bubble filled with fluid. It is important to avoid the temptation to pop any blister and instead seek the help from an experienced foot care specialist. A podiatrist can help you with the following treatments:
- Clean the blister and protect it from any more friction and damage.
- Draining the fluid of the blister. If you pop the blister, it will lead to an increased chance of infection because the underlying skin layer is exposed so it is important that only a medical professional assist you.
- Keep your feet dry as much as possible.
- Use shoes that fit correctly and which do not cause any friction with the skin.
- Use foot support devices such as blister pads to help protect blisters from hitting against the inside of your shoes. This will help to prevent them from becoming more painful or infected.
Here at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, our expert podiatrist, Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, helps not only with treating your current blisters but also with determining why they initially formed. Contact us today at 773-561-8100 for an appointment at our office in Chicago, Illinois. Take a look at our Patient Education Library on our website for further information that could help you avoid similar complications in the future.