Around this time each year we see a spike of clients who come to see us because of blisters.

Why so? Well it’s the right time for lots of charity walks and runs so the number of foot problems is definitely on the rise.

We wanted to give you a more in depth look at blisters and how you can prevent and manage. 


So, what exactly is a blister?

A blister is a small bubble of fluid, often clear, under the top layer of skin. It forms when friction repeatedly stretches the skin,creating a tear between skin layers, which fills with fluid.

A hard knock that damages blood vessels can cause a blood blister, which is simply a blister filled with blood.


Why did I get a blister?

Blisters mostly appear after intense and continuous movement applied across the skin of your foot such as when skin rubs against the shoe,especially if it is new or stiff. A pocket forms between the skin and the underlying tissue and quickly fills up with fluid, creating a blister.

If you have been training or involved in any long-distance walks or runs you can be very susceptible to blisters.

Sometimes shoes that are too tight or too loose can result in blisters. Just think of how many steps in a day that can result in a lot of rubbing on one small area of soft skin which can affect the upper layers of skin.

We often see people who do not wear socks, or the right socks, often fall victim to blisters. Certain types of materials in your shoe do not allow the shoe to breath which can also contribute to moisture build-up.


How can I treat my blisters?

There are a few simple actions you should understand.

·        Avoid popping your blisters as this can actually lead to infection.

·        Blisters should be allowed to go down on their own.

·        Do not peel off the dead skin if the blister has popped, let it fall off on its own.

Sometimes it can’t be helped if the blister has ruptured and deflated. In this case the blister should be kept clean and allowed to dry to prevent infection. Always wash your hands before touching a burst blister.

We would also suggest:

-         Wear comfortable shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Sneakers or any shoes with a mesh design are great for ventilation,allowing the sweat to evaporate.

-         Wear the right socks is important. 100% Cotton or bamboo socks as they are great for absorbing excess moisture in the shoe. In the winter consider 100% wool socks!

-         Use the right blister plasters or protection covers– we have many options in the clinic!


When should I see a podiatrist?

We will always say – prevention is key. Wear the right shoes, socks and look after your feet to help stop blisters in their tracks.

If, however, you have recurring blisters or have a blister that are affecting your overall health, it’s time to come in and see us at Fit Foot Podiatry.