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Why Do Blisters Develop on the Feet?

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

A blister is the body’s natural defense against skin that has become injured or burned. It appears like a small bubble that is filled with liquid and acts as a protective barrier between the skin and the environment until new skin has formed underneath it. Blisters develop for various reasons, including excess friction that happens from wearing shoes and socks that don't fit correctly, in addition to an allergic reaction from an insect bite. Some people have medical conditions that may produce blisters, including eczema and psoriasis. Possible infection may be avoided when the blister is not prematurely popped. The blister will gradually drain when the area is healed, and the skin will be a light pink until it returns to its normal color. It is advised that you consult with a podiatrist if you are afflicted with continuous blisters, who can advise you on what types of shoes to buy, or what you may be allergic to.  

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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