If you’re a runner, you know the pain of getting a foot blister. Some people with sensitive feet get them from a new pair of running shoes or by pushing themselves a little too far. They can make every step excruciating and are enough to set people off running forever. Thankfully, there are some ways you can prevent them!
What is a blister?
A blister is a pocket of fluid that forms right beneath the first layer of your skin. Believe it or not, this is your body’s method of protecting itself from friction. They are filled with a clear fluid, but if they become infected, they can fill with blood or pus.
What causes foot blisters?
Foot blisters are most commonly caused by friction, which occurs if a shoe or a foreign object constantly rubs against your foot. They are more common if you have sweaty feet or if you are wearing shoes that do not fit properly.
How can I prevent blisters?
The best way to prevent blisters is to wear comfortable shoes that fit properly. Because of the repetitive movements of running, if shoes are too big, your feet move around and therefore cause friction with the shoes. It’s important to find ones that are snug enough but are not too tight, especially in the toe box area. Wear them with socks that provide enough thickness to cushion and also wick away and absorb sweat. If you are an athlete, your skin will also naturally thicken in areas that will help protect from blisters. The best way to toughen up your skin is by gradually building up your running distances. We want to emphasize gradually, as pushing yourself too hard can not only cause blisters, but also other injuries like Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis!
Should I pop a blister?
Popping a blister is a surefire way to open yourself up to potential infection. As with any cut or abrasion, an open blister is a way for bacteria to enter your body. If you have a blister that does accidentally break, wash it gently with soap and water and cover the area with a bandage. If you develop a blister that becomes extremely painful, don’t wait to call a podiatrist as soon as possible.
While blisters may seem insignificant, it can affect your every step. If you are in need of help treating or preventing these types of common running problems, get in touch with our podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists.
Our dedicated team of foot care specialists are experts in treating and managing running injuries and provide individualized treatment methods to ease your pain and discomfort. From preventative measures like custom orthotics to therapies like infra-red lasers, we are committed to providing high-quality podiatric care to all of our patients!