Have a Blister? Make Sure You Don't Pop It!
A very common foot injury is a blister. A blister forms when there is friction on the skin. This is typically caused shoes that are too tight or lose that rub. People who have especially sweaty feet are more prone to getting blisters. Most blisters occur on the heel, side of the foot or tops of toes. Some blisters are raw openings in the skin, while other are fluid filled bumps. Blisters can be harmful to the overall health of those who have certain medical conditions, but for most they are more of a nuisance than anything.
However, for those who have diabetes, Raynaud’s or have a compromised immune system, blisters can quickly turn dangerous. Since blisters are openings in the skin, they can quickly become infected if not taken care of. If you have blister that is liquid filled, DO NOT pop it. Allow the blister to deflate or pop on its own. Keeping that protective layer of skin on the wound can keep infection out and allow the blister to heal.
Most blisters do not require a doctor to take care of them. Simply clean the area, apply a small amount of healing ointment and cover with a Band-Aid or gauze. If you start to have drainage or odor from a blister call your doctor immediately. While some shoes will cause blisters once and never again, it is best to avoid the shoes that caused the blister at least until the blister is healed.