Blisters are a pocket of fluid which forms in the outer layer of skin. Blisters are most commonly caused by excessive friction on the feet from walking barefoot, in socks only, and in shoes. Blisters can also occur when a caustic chemical causes a burn to the skin. They are often filled with clear fluid or with blood. Shoes that are too tight or loose may be a cause. Blisters can be prevented by wearing the proper shoes that fit well and wearing comfortable socks to prevent friction. Blisters are common in athletes and can often times be painful.
Blisters can be treated by using a sterilized needle to just lance the blister and then applying an antibiotic ointment and a band aid or a gauze pad to the area. If any signs of infection occur or this does not immediately resolve the discomfort, you should immediately seek medical attention and call Podiatry Care Specialists to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 office locations.