Blisters are caused from friction. Blisters can vary in size and severity. For example, a new pair of shoes can rub against your ankle and cause a painful blister.
Here are some tips to avoid getting a painful blister:
- Wear the right size shoe. Shoes that are too big will cause the foot to slide. Sliding causes friction that can lead to a blister. Shoes that are too tight can also lead to a blister. There should be a thumb’s length from your longest toe to the end of your shoe.
- Break in your shoes before you go out for an evening of dancing, a day of jogging, etc.
- Keep your feet dry. Moisture can cause a blister. Wear socks made out of polypropylene or other synthetic material that will draw moisture away from your feet. If your feet tend to be sweaty, change your socks regularly.
- Try powdering your feet before you wear your shoes. The powder will help absorb moisture.
- Apply Vaseline to the area where you are prone to getting blisters. The Vaseline can help decrease friction that causes blisters.
If you do get a blister, let it heal. Do not “pop it”. Popping a blister can leave an open sore, making it more prone to infection. This is especially true if you are a person with diabetes. People with diabetes are more vulnerable to serious foot infections.
If you have a painful blister, the best thing to do is have it evaluated by your foot specialist at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.