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Don’t Let a Blister Interfere with Summer Fun

Many families are finding tremendous relief in outdoor summer activities after months of isolation at home this spring. Is yours one of them? Exercising, playing, and having fun outdoors in the warm weather in enjoyable for everyone, but the fun stops when a blister puts you on the sidelines. What can you do to prevent and treat one of summer’s common irritants?

What Causes a Blister?

A blister is simply the skin’s reaction to friction between the skin something else. That can be the inside of a shoe or a sock, or even repeated rubbing against another bit of skin. Heat builds up and the skin rises. The resulting bubble may or may not have fluid inside it. Small blisters are typically uncomfortable and inconvenient, but they will get better without medical attention. Occasionally, however, blisters on the feet can be more severe. These require the expert attention of a foot doctor like Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos.

Taking Steps to Prevent Blisters

The best thing you can do to reduce your risk of blisters is to make sure that your shoes fit properly and are in good condition. If you are a runner, be sure to replace your running shoes at least once a year or every 500 road miles. Wear clean, cushioned socks and keep them dry. Damp socks and sweaty shoes are more likely to lead to blisters.

What If I Get a Blister?

Don’t pick at your blister, and don’t pop it! This can lead to infection. Most blisters will resolve on their own in a few days. If yours doesn’t heal, if it’s especially painful, or if you notice signs of infection including swelling or oozing, call your foot doctor for help. Until your blister goes away, you can cushion the area with a small bandage or with a piece of foam. For maximum comfort, be sure to cut a hole for the blister.

If you are worried about a blister, or if you have any concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to see your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in our safe, sanitized Ravenswood office today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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