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How to Avoid Blisters

Spring is finally coming to Calgary, which means it’s time to get out your hiking boots and running shoes. It also means that it’s time to give some thought to keeping your feet safe and healthy during the more active months of the year. For example, although they’re fairly common, blisters can be quite painful and, under certain circumstances, can turn into more severe threats to your health.

We at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic have been helping our community find the right orthotics and offering a range of other podiatrist services in Calgary since 1998. We like to make sure that our patients have all the information they need to keep their feet happy and healthy, even when it comes to simple blisters. Here are just a few things you should know about preventing blisters from happening to your feet.

What Are Blisters?
A blister is any small pocket of bodily fluid that occurs on your skin. Although blisters are usually filled with a clear serum, they can also be filled with blood or other bodily fluids. Maybe the most mundane reason they occur is simply from too much friction on your skin. There are, however, more serious reasons that blisters may form, such as contact with poison ivy or some diseases and skin conditions, which require more immediate medical attention.

What Should I do if I Have a Blister?
Simple friction blisters on your feet usually aren’t anything to be too worried about. Just avoid puncturing them if you can, and they’ll go away on their own. If a blister does break, you should disinfect it and properly protect it with gauze or a bandage to prevent infection. If a blister looks like it’s becoming infected, you should visit your local Calgary foot clinic as soon as possible.

How Can I Prevent Them?
Preventing a blister from happening at all is much easier than treating it after the fact. The key to preventing blisters is minimizing the amount of friction your feet undergo.

• Wear proper footwear. Ill fitting shoes and even some new shoes can cause blisters. Avoid running or walking long distances with shoes that are new, too tight, too loose or damaged.
• Keep your feet dry. Wear nylon or moisture-wicking socks and avoid materials like cotton that soak up sweat.
• Lubricate your feet. Reduce friction by lubricating your feet with petroleum jelly or other running specific products that come in a stick like deodorant.
• Cover up. Cover the blister prone areas of your feet with bandages, sports tape or moleskin before leaving the house.

If you have any prior issues with you feet, such as flat feet, or any problems with your gait, you may be even more likely to get blisters. A great way to give yourself some extra protection is to get professionally made orthotics from your foot doctor in Calgary. Over-the-counter shoe inserts can often be helpful but they’ll never be as perfect a fit for you as professionally made orthotics will.

If you’re experiencing more blisters than you’d like, are thinking about getting orthotics or simply need to consult a foot doctor about keeping your feet healthy now that spring is coming to Calgary, contact us at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic today.