Blisters form due to repetitive friction and trauma to the skin.
They are most commonly caused by rubbing or friction from footwear applying pressure to the foot and overloading the soft tissue during activity.A blister forms as a clear fluid filled lesion within the outer layers of the skin.
What to do:
– If the blister is closed; keep the blister protected (with a dressing), do not ‘pop’ the blister and reduce activity/change footwear.
– If the blister opens, apply antiseptic (e.g. betadine) to the area and a dressing. Reduce activity and monitor the blister for signs of infection. If any signs of infection occur contact your doctor.
- Appropriate shoe fit and style
- Double layered socks and/or moisture wicking socks
Long term treatment
- Footwear change
- Biomechanical assessment to investigate areas of high pressure
- Sock choice
- Activity modification