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How Runners Can Prevent Blisters

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Anyone who runs a lot knows the pain of having blisters. Simply wearing a new pair of shoes or adding distance to your run too quickly can be enough for a blister to form. A blister is a sac of fluid beneath the first layer of skin that forms to protect the skin beneath it from friction. Blisters are nature’s way of taking care of your feet. Constant rubbing against the inside of a shoe can create a blister, but preventive measures can be taken. The three main reasons for blisters are friction, moisture, and shoes that do not fit properly. It follows that the first way to prevent the skin is to toughen it by building up running distances gradually. Wear socks that wick moisture instead of retaining it. Covering a problem spot with a gel bandage or special patch can keep a blister from forming. Check your footwear to see if your shoes have ample cushioning. If you have a blister that has become infected, it is suggested you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for the appropriate safe and sterile treatment.

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 JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

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
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

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 office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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