Excessive Shoe Rubbing Can Cause Blisters

It’s been a pretty hot summer here in Chicago but still great weather to get outside for some healthful exercise. No matter what activity you choose – running, walking, hiking, climbing or in-line skating – remember to always wear well-fitting footwear that is appropriate to each sport.

Even with shoes and boots that fit you perfectly, you may get blisters on your feet. These common problems are pockets of fluid that form on the upper skin layer or epidermis. The fluid in the blister is usually clear but can also look yellowish if there is an infection or pink if there is any blood inside.

Blisters are most often caused by excessive rubbing or friction on the foot when shoes don’t fitproperly. New shoes that are too stiff can create blisters. When shoes are too big, they can slip at the heel and create more friction. Blisters can also result from foot sweating and some fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

Treating Blisters at Home

Most blisters can be cared for at home if they are not infected. If, however, you observe signs of infection like warmth, redness or pus, please contact Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM for professional treatment.

Don’t try to pop or drain a blister. Leave it alone and let it pop on its own to allow it to heal. If the blister is very painful or sensitive, here are some home care steps:

Preventing Blisters

If you have diabetes, always inspect your feet carefully for any injury including blisters Seek a doctor’s care for any type of foot injury.

We Can Help Relieve the Pain of Blisters

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with foot injuries and skin conditions of all kinds, including blisters. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Don’t suffer from recurring blisters or those that don’t heal – come see us for complete relief and healing!

Author
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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