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Blister prevention and management

One of the potential barriers to a successful return to activity can be the formation of painful blisters. Blisters form when the foot is subjected to repetitive, increased friction or pressure. 

There are many preventive techniques to reduce the likelihood of the formation of blisters, including:

  • Wearing moisture-wicking socks specifically designed for running
  • Choosing the correct footwear. Ensuring you are wearing runners designed for the type of running you are doing, suitable for your running mechanics, and fit appropriately.
  • Orthotics may be appropriate to reduce any excessive movement of your feet within your shoes, particularly through the medial arch.
  • If you have experienced issues with blisters previously and believe you are doing everything correctly, shoe modifications can be made with your podiatrist to reduce ‘hotspots’ within your feet.

Once a blister has formed, it is best to leave it alone. Popping blisters can lead to further pain and potential infection. The formation of fluid under a blister is your body’s way of protecting the hotspot on your foot, and in most cases, your body will absorb the fluid as the blister site heals. If your blister is causing ongoing, consistent pain and is not resolving, it is best to visit a podiatrist to assist with carefully managing blisters. Common blister treatments include debridement of overlying skin, draining then dressing the blister, and most importantly, offloading the blister site to reduce friction as it heals.


If you’re concerned about your feet….


To read more about Biomechanics and its relation with Podiatry click here!

If you have recently returned to activity and are finding your feet are in need to attention, be sure to check out our blog on podiatry and the effect of getting back to activity! Click here

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