Many Americans walk thousands of steps per day and blisters on the feet can develop if the shoes that are worn do not fit properly. Blisters generally develop as a result of excess friction, and often resemble a bubble that forms on the skin. It is filled with liquid that protects the damaged skin, as a new layer of skin forms over it. Blisters can make it uncomfortable to walk, and many people wear a protective covering over it until it is healed. Most of the time, it will gradually drain, as the new skin replaces the damaged area. There can be other reasons why blisters may form. These may include having an allergic reaction, or they may develop from medical conditions consisting of eczema or psoriasis. Additionally, an injury such as frostbite or burns may lead to getting blisters. If the blisters become infected, and do not drain, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to manage and treat blisters.
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 Dennis Grandy, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)
- Bubble of skin filled with fluid
- Moderate to severe pain
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 Sacramento, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.