Blisters

  • How to Prevent New Shoes From Giving You Blisters

    In today’s world of fast fashion, it’s a very common problem: we buy a new pair of shoes to go with a new dress, put them on, and spend the rest of the day in agony, limping along with a newly formed blister.

    This problem is especially common with women’s shoes worn with bare feet. Thankfully, Simply Feet have put together a guide to help you avoid this painful condition.

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    What Are Blisters?

    You are probably painfully aware what blisters are, but understanding how they are formed will help you avoid them. Blisters are created when friction begins to cause damage to the tissue under the skin. The body produces fluid to create a barrier to limit injury, thereby forming a blister. As you also probably know, you should avoid popping blisters because this can cause infection.

    Once you have a blister, it’s time to use a blister plaster and put on socks and comfortable shoes, which is hardly the thing to go with a new dress! Compeed blister plasters  seal the wound of a blister, keeping out everything from dirt and bacteria to water, while allowing the skin to heal.

    Avoiding Blisters in the First Place

    There are several important things you can do to eliminate friction and avoid blisters. First, always choose a shoe that fits well. If possible, opt for shoes that can be worn with socks. If you really do need to go barefoot in your shoes, you’ll need to up the ante in preventing friction.

    The first tool in your arsenal against blisters should be a good foot antiperspirant. Sweat is moisture, which causes skin to stick to leather and other materials, and this skin will get rubbed and damaged. If you can eliminate foot sweat, healthy foot skin has a better chance of gliding against the shoe.

    Your next step should be to ensure the shoe is soft and supple. We often talk about wearing a shoe in, but with new shoes, this sometimes isn’t possible. Look for a lubricant or specialised shoe gel that will penetrate the leather without damaging the shoe. Rub this into the inside of the shoe where blisters form to soften the shoe.

    If you want to be really certain, you can insert pads. Specialised shoe pads really are the best solution to beat the new-shoe rub. Keep some handy for when you need them, because prevention is always better than the cure! Shop the full blister treatment range here.

  • Treating blisters on bottom of feet

    Blisters can be very problematic, particularly for those who are on their feet for long periods each day. We’re taking a closer look at the causes, treatment and prevention options for uncomfortable blisters on the bottom of your feet....

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     What Is a Blister?

    A blister is a fluid-filled sore which can develop as a result of repetitive friction on the skin. If a blister bursts and becomes open, it will be very painful and can take some time to heal.

    Causes of Blisters

    One of the most common reasons for a blister to develop is through wearing ill-fitting shoes, which leads to repeated rubbing and friction. They can also occur as a result of prolonged exercise, such as running or walking a long distance.

    How Are Blisters Treated?

    Blisters can take a number of days to heal, especially if they are on the foot and, as such, subject to continued rubbing and irritation. The most effective blister treatment is prevention of further friction to the affected area. Applying a specialist blister plaster can provide immediate relief from pain and will prevent further damage to the area, allowing it time to heal. A range of blister treatment options is available from Simply Feet.

    Preventing Blisters

    The best option is to prevent blisters from developing in the first instance. There are several measures which can be taken to help prevent blisters.

    Cushioned Insoles - These minimise peak pressure points and friction on the sole of the foot.

    COMPEED® Blister Plasters - These can be used to protect feet from friction and repeated rubbing in the most vulnerable areas of the foot.

    Biomechanical Assessment - If you are particularly prone to developing blisters, it can be beneficial to visit a podiatrist or other sports-medicine professional. They can undertake a gait assessment and offer advice regarding the best footwear for your feet. They may also recommend insoles or another type of orthotic insert which can alter your biomechanics and reduce blisters and other painful foot conditions.

    Socks - Wearing the right socks is surprisingly important when it comes to preventing blisters. It can help to wear two pairs of thin socks rather than one thicker pair when exercising.

  • How to Correctly Treat Blisters

    Blisters, which are bumps on the skin filled with fluid, can be very painful and can limit your activity, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet. They usually develop because of friction on the skin of the feet or excessive pressure from ill-fitting footwear. People with warm and and often “sweaty” feet may be more prone to developing blisters, so athletes and those who exercise regularly need to protect their feet.

    How to Correctly Treat Blisters

    Treating Blisters

    Firstly, wash the area with soap and water to minimise the risk of infection. We advise that leaving the blister intact is the best course of action.

     

    Whether you have burst the blister or not, cover it with a suitable dressing to keep germs, water and dirt out. Various blister treatment options are available here at Simply Feet to aid the healing process. These include the Compeed hydrocure system, which uses hydrocolloid dressings that create the ideal conditions for healing to occur. These dressings are available in a mixed pack containing two medium and two small dressings and one Blisters on Toes dressing. They are ideal for blisters on or between the toes. Alternatively, you can buy packs of eight Blisters on Toes dressings, five medium dressings or six small dressings. Dressings should be left in place for around five days, until the healing process is well established.

     

    Prevention Is Better Than Cure

    Some dressings can be used for the prevention of blisters as well as for blister treatment. Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads also consist of a layer of hydrocolloid that can protect and cushion the area so that friction and pressure are reduced. They are water-resistant and can be worn in the shower or bath.

     

    Anti-blister sticks are also available from Simply Feet. These can be applied to the skin and create a “second skin” to help prevent the development of blisters in vulnerable areas, such as where you feel rubbing or friction from footwear.

     

    All the blister treatments you need can be found at Simply Feet.

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