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There is nothing quite as annoying as that feeling of a blister surfacing. The chances are if you can already feel it, it has definitely developed into a nice bubble. Most frequently, blisters are your skin’s reaction and defence mechanism against friction or rubbing in your shoe.
3 common causes of blisters
1. New footwear that hasn’t been ‘broken in’ yet.
2. Footwear that is too small, especially for women, whose shoes tend to have more of a narrow forefoot and depth at the toe.
3. Too much callous that hasn’t been removed; whether it is around the back of your heels, your little toes or under the ball of your foot. When you don’t have the callous removed it can increase the chances of you developing a blister or worse, a corn.
Less common reasons; sunburn, heat, underlying medical conditions etc.
What to do when you have a blister
Blisters can be as frustrating as pimples when you just want to pop them. If possible, DON’T pop your blister. Whilst the sac of fluid is really tempting to drain, the skin covering it acts as a protection from infection. As soon as that skin is broken you are exposed to many different bacteria that can lead to infection or more serious long-term issues (especially if you have diabetes).
The best thing you can do in this situation is to clean the area with mild soapy water or even soak it with warm salty water, apply an antibacterial cream and then cover the blister with gauze and hypoallergenic tape to prevent infection. Redress the blister every day and don’t wear the perpetrating shoes again until it has completely healed. A blister usually heals well without you needing to see a doctor or podiatrist.
If you HAVE to pop your blister...
If you can’t resist the temptation follow these steps:
1. Make sure you have washed your hands thoroughly.
2. Wash the blister and surrounding area with either warm water and soap or better yet an antiseptic solution.