While certainly not a serious medical threat, blisters are annoying, painful and can keep you sidelined from activities you normally enjoy. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we would like to offer some do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of blisters.
Don’t Pop Blisters—it’s so tempting but puncturing or slitting the blister to drain the fluid is actually the worst thing you can do. A blister is your body’s way of protecting new skin that’s developing at the site of damaged skin. Popping a blister not only interrupts that process, it also creates an environment where infection can set it.
Do Keep Blisters Clean and Covered—popped or not, it’s best to cover blisters with a sterile bandage. If they pop on their own, make sure to wash the area with a mild soap and water then dry the spot, apply an antibacterial ointment and re-cover with a clean bandage.
Do Wear Shoes that Fit—choosing properly fitting, well-made shoes is the best way to prevent blisters from forming in the first place. Shoes that have loose stitching or unfinished rough areas inside the shoe will most likely cause friction, which ultimately will create a blister.
Don’t Let Feet Stay Damp—wear socks that draw moisture away from the foot and use foot powder to keep feet dry. Excess moisture increases the risk of friction and blister development.