A blister can be painful and uncomfortable, especially when irritated by your shoes. Find out why blisters form and how to treat them in our guide.
What are Blisters?
Blisters are uncomfortable, raised, fluid-filled bumps that often appear on your feet. The blister can be clear or filled with blood depending on the severity of the trauma. This fluid in a blister protects the tissue from further damage and allows the skin to heal.
Although blisters can be uncomfortable or painful, they are very rarely harmful and should heal naturally within a few days.
What Causes Blisters?
Blisters are commonly caused by wearing shoes that are either too tight or that fit poorly such as heels, flip-flops, slip-ons, or wellington boots. The repetitive rubbing or friction from these shoes may cause a blister to form.
Treatments for Blisters
To treat a blister, keep the area clean and protected using a non- stick sterile dressing (not a plaster) and change the dressing daily. To clean the area, pour tepid boiled water over the blister, then pat dry and redress.
If you have diabetes, poor circulation or are immunocompromised then can you please seek advice from a HCPC registered podiatrist.