Common Causes of Blisters on the Feet
Your feet support your entire body weight and endure constant friction from the size and fit of your footwear. Over time, this stress can lead to the formation of fluid-filled sacs beneath the skin, resulting in painful foot blisters. Foot blisters are often caused by shoes that are either too loose or too tight. They can rub against your skin, causing friction that leads to blister formation. The irritation from an ill-fitting shoe can create a blister in no time, particularly if you're on your feet for an extended period. Engaging in strenuous activities like athletics, running, or hiking can subject your feet to excessive stress and friction. These repetitive movements and the impact of your feet against hard surfaces can create the perfect conditions for blisters to form. In addition, diabetics, especially those experiencing neuropathy, are more at risk of developing recurring sores that resemble burn blisters on the top of the feet. Preventing foot blisters often comes down to choosing appropriate footwear, maintaining good foot hygiene, and avoiding excessive friction. If you have problems with blisters on the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.
What Are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.
(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)
- Bubble of skin filled with fluid
- Moderate to severe pain
Prevention & Treatment
In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.