A blister on the foot may seem like a minor problem, but if you keep getting blisters or have blisters that do not heal, they can turn into a serious problem. Our Texas podiatrists explain various options for treating blisters and what to do if they recur. How to deal with blisters

Common Causes and Symptoms of Foot Blisters

A blister is a pocket of fluid that develops on the skin due to pressure or friction. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including shoes that rub and don’t fit properly.

Why Blisters Develop

  • Certain skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Skin infection
  • Fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections

Blister Symptoms

  • Fluid build-up under the top layer of your skin
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching

Blister Treatment Options

Many blisters on the feet heal on their own and do not require treatment. If you have a blister on your foot that shows signs of infection or is not healing properly, consult with a podiatrist for an evaluation. A podiatrist can identify the cause of the problem and create a treatment plan based on your specific condition and needs.

Possible Treatment for a Blister

  • Clean the blistered area with mild soap and water, and keep it dry
  • Cover the blister with a dressing or padding, and change the covering daily
  • Wear specialty shoes or custom orthotics to reduce friction from rubbing
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve pain and discomfort
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to the blister to prevent infection
  • Use a foot powder to reduce friction before putting on your socks and shoes
  • Soak your foot in warm water with a teaspoon of salt to help reduce pain and heal the wound.

Possible Complications

You should never attempt to drain or pop a blister at home. If the blister becomes an open wound, it is more likely to get infected. This can be dangerous for those who are diabetic since a blister can develop into a foot ulcer with complications, including an infection that can spread to the bone or surrounding tissue. When an infection cannot be stopped, amputation may be needed to save your life.

Signs a Blister Is Infected 

  • Redness or warmth
  • Drainage of pus
  • Pain and swelling
  • Chills
  • Fever

Contact Our Experienced Texas Podiatrists

If you have recurring foot blisters or have a blister that is not healing, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can answer any questions you have and develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient online contact form, or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.

 

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