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Taking Care of Foot Blisters

A blister is a pocket of fluid that forms on the skin, including the skin of the feet. There are many causes of foot blisters. They generally arise from rubbing or friction from poor fitting shoes or socks or long periods of being on the feet – walking, standing, or exercising. Foot blisters can become painful and interfere with daily functioning. Typically, one can treat a blister at home by simply covering it with a Band-aid to help protect the sore. It should eventually harden and disappear. Long-term, make sure to wear shoes and socks that fit properly and do not rub or constrict the foot in any way. If a blister on your foot does not heal in a relatively short period of time, or if you develop other symptoms (such as a fever, nausea, and chills), it is wise to consult with a chiropodist to make sure it has not become infected and to obtain suggestions for proper treatment protocols.

Blisters can usually be treated at home, however, if you have recurring blisters or experience significant discomfort or pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is a Blister? 

A blister is a small pocket of fluid in the upper skin layers and is one of the body’s natural responses to injury or pressure. Blisters can also result from burns, fungal or viral skin infections, and the feet are particularly prone due to ill-fitting footwear and friction. Friction on the skin causes the upper layer of skin to separate from the lower layers. The space that this separation creates then becomes filled with a liquid called serum, which protects the lower layers of skin. 


If you notice a blister on your foot, you can cover it with a soft bandage or dressing to protect it. Popping the blister is discouraged. Doing so exposes the raw skin underneath it to bacteria and also raises the risk of infection. If a blister pops naturally, let it drain before covering it with a bandage. Blisters usually heal on their own or with home treatment, however, if your blister is recurring, very painful, or appears infected, it is recommended that you see a chiropodist for treatment. 


You can help to prevent blisters by wearing comfortable, well-fitted shoes. Keep your feet dry by wearing moisture-wicking socks and dust your feet with talcum powder if they tend to get sweaty. If you have areas on your feet that are more susceptible to blisters, you might be able to prevent the blister from forming by covering it with a pad. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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