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If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
While the appearance of blisters may be embarrassing, the pain accompanying them is often much worse and more of a concern for people who have them. Although blisters are a common foot problem experienced by many, have you ever wondered what the cause of those pesky blisters could be? Or, better yet, how they can be treated?
Blisters appear on a swollen part of the foot and consist of fluid, typically clear, though, depending on the blister, the fluid may also have blood. Blisters are usually caused by repeated friction or rubbing on a specific part of your foot. Here are some examples of things that can produce that constant friction:
The type of footwear and how properly your shoes fit
Your skin type and foot type (high, low or medium arch)
The moisture found around your feet
Heavy objects you may be carrying around, like a bag pack
While blisters are rarely filled with pus, pus can form if the blister is infected. In that case, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s preferable to talk to your doctor:
- Foot Pain
While the symptoms may seem common, any persistent pain needs medical attention. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful. If left untreated, the blister may turn into an ulcer, leaving you susceptible to an amputation.
Preventive Care Treatments:
There are several precautions you can take to prevent blisters. Here are a few preventative care options:
1. Make sure to wear proper fitting shoes
2. Wear moisture-wicking socks
3. Cushioned insoles are a good idea
4. Double-socks will provide extra cushion
5. Wear orthotics recommended by your podiatrist
6. Use antiperspirants, powders, and lubricants to reduce moisture and friction.
The key to healthy feet is preventative care and referring to your foot doctor whenever you have questions or concerns.
We’ve all heard of the imminent dangers of wearing shoes that are too tight, even shoes that have a heel that is too tall, or shoes that have lost their support and firmness… but have you ever heard of why it’s so bad for the health of our feet and ankles to wear shoes that are too loose? Here are just some of the ways that loose shoes can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles:
- When your foot slides too much inside your shoe, the friction can cause you to develop corns and calluses on your feet. These are unsightly and sometimes painful skin conditions that can be difficult to get rid of.
- In addition to corns and calluses, you can easily develop blisters, which are very painful and annoying sacs of fluid that develop on a raw and irritated patch of skin.
- Sliding feet can slide your toes right into the toe box of your shoes, hitting them harder than they would if your shoes were fitted. The trauma of this can sometimes cause your toenails to break the skin and become infected.
- Hyper-flexing your toes to scrunch up and brace the extra movements inside your shoe due to their loose fit can cause your toes to cramp and develop hammer toe. This is when the tendon of the toe semi-permanently cramps up into a painful hook shape.
- Without debate, by far the riskiest part of wearing shoes that are too loose is increasing your risk of various foot and ankle injuries. Whether it is jamming your toe or spraining an ankle, loose shoes aren’t worth it.
If you feel like any of these happen to you often, loose-fitting shoes might be part of the problem. You can always reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews for some advice. We hope these tips and tricks have helped you to address the struggle of loose-fitting shoes! Do your questions and curiosity go further? Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with us at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.
One of the worst possible feelings to encounter is an itchy foot. It can be even more of a pain if that itchy foot is trapped within a shoe. Scratching it in public can be a tricky task. Do you take off the entire shoe? Shove a pencil inside and hope? When all else fails, you take off both your shoe and your sock and start scratching. After the initial relief finally comes, you take a peek at your foot and realize that you have a rash. Not only was it itchy, but it was also tender to the touch. Concerned you call your podiatrist and make an appointment to further investigate the cause of your itchy situation. A rash is a common symptom of an underlying condition, especially when it is situated on the foot. There are many different conditions that can cause a rash to pop up. Before you start panicking, read below to find out some of the more common causes of foot rashes.
Allergies – Allergies are a very common cause of rashes on the foot. Sometimes the allergen can be found in a sock, the shoe itself, or from a food or environmental component. Allergy symptoms can include itching, redness, swelling, rash, and tenderness. Sometimes blisters, lesions and scaly patches of skin affect the feet of those with allergies.
Athlete’s Foot – Athlete’s foot is one of the most common causes of an itchy rash on the feet. The root cause of athlete’s foot is due to a fungal infection that is passed from animals or humans. It is commonly picked up in public showers, gyms, and pools. It can be treated with over the counter anti-fungal creams. For more severe cases, it is recommended to see a podiatrist.
Infection – Infections can also cause rashes on the foot. Scabies, a type of infection, can cause a red patchy rash. The cause of scabies is due to tiny little mites. The rash appears as tiny little pimples or bug bites. It should be treated by a podiatrist or other medical professional to help prevent spreading.
Although allergies, athlete’s foot, and infection are some of the most common causes of rashes on the foot, there are many other conditions and diseases that could cause a rash. Unfortunately, unless they are examined by a podiatrist, it can be hard to discern the root cause of a rash. If your feet are itchy, red, or if you have another rash or foot condition, call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Learn about what rash is ailing your foot.
Many women all over the world wear pantyhose, nylons, and tights every day. They are highly regarded in the fashion world and they are also very comfortable when wearing dresses, skirts and other similar type clothing. Unfortunately, these pantyhose, tights and nylons do not benefit your feet. In fact, they could actually be harming your feet and here is why.
Signs Your Hosiery is Damaging Your Feet
- You have excess fabric - the excess fabric will bunch up around your toes or heels, rubbing against the skin. You may suffer from blisters, calluses, corns and skin irritation as a result. It can also result in cramping and cause your foot to fit improperly in shoes.
- Your tights, nylons or stockings are too tight - Overly tight hosiery distorts the natural shape of your feet, limits movement and puts pressure on toes. You could develop bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, fallen arches and poor circulation. All conditions are very painful and can cause permanent foot damage if not properly treated by a podiatrist.
- The fabric is too thin – Thin fabric does not supply the right amount of support and cushion to the feet, which can cause tired feet and lack of stability when walking.
- They are made out of abrasive fabric - Cheap nylon tights aren’t breathable so sweat struggles to escape. Dampness makes nylon feel rougher; the tights can then easily make your feet sore and painful. The feet are also prone to blisters.
Buying the Right Socks and Tights
- Choose nylons, pantyhose and tights that are roomy enough to allow your toes to spread out without leaving excess fabric.
- Wear white socks and pale tights whenever possible. If your feet bleed, secrete pus or sweat too much, it’ll be easier to spot the problem than with dark hosiery.
- Never wear the same pair for two days or more, and always change socks after exercise.
If you suffer from blisters, calluses, corns or other problems due to wearing pantyhose, nylons, or tights, it is important to see a podiatrist right away so that the damage does not cause an infection. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our number one priority.