A blister is a very common foot problem that is often caused by excessive pressure and rubbing from your footwear. The inflamed skin responds by producing a pus-filled sack in the surface skin layer. The fluid in a blister is usually clear, but if it appears pink or red, or if there is a yellow discharge, you may have a more serious injury or infection.
Since blister development can also be complicated by perspiration and athlete’s foot fungal infections, keeping your feet clean and dry will help avoid blisters.
Always wear correctly fitted shoes with proper cushioning, support, and room in the toe box area for your toes to move without contacting the edge of your shoes.
Simple treatments for blisters
1) Clean and sterilize - Disinfect the damaged skin with a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Wash regularly with a mild soap and warm water.
2) Drain the fluid - Insert a sterilized needle into the edge of the blister so you can then press and slowly drain the fluid out into a cotton ball.
3) Cover the area - After cleaning, draining, and sterilizing cover the area with a sterile bandage to help prevent contamination.
If you are experiencing painful complications from blisters on your feet, we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!