Athletes are all too familiar with blisters on the feet. They can be uncomfortable and may compromise the quality of performing their chosen sport. An existing blister needs to be managed properly and this may prevent infection, bleeding, or significant pain from developing. A blister on the foot generally develops from excess friction that can come from wearing shoes or socks that do not fit correctly. The first sign a blister is forming is called the hot spot, and this suggests the skin is tender and can appear red. As the blister forms, the skin can separate and the area can fill with liquid. This is the body’s natural response to protecting the damaged skin as the healing process takes place. The blister will gradually drain once the new skin has formed. There are specific types of athletes that are susceptible to developing blisters. These can include runners, gymnasts, and baseball players. If you would like to learn about how to properly care for blisters on the feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.
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 one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.