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How to Prevent Blisters on Feet
Blisters are pockets of fluid commonly found on the top layers of the skin, caused by injuries and infections. The outer layer of skin in feet and hands are usually tough where blisters commonly occur. Such lesions are a natural reaction to the damaged area of the skin, giving a cushioning effect and preventing further damage to that area. Once the underlying factor has been identified, this skin condition can be treated on its own at home. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the different causes and methods of preventing blisters on your feet.
The legs are filled with nerves and blood vessels that are under pressure from physical activity. Whether running, walking or hitchhiking, regardless of activity, we are all prone to blisters. Blisters on the feet are very common and can be painful. It is important to understand the factors that lead to this condition. You can take some practical steps to prevent blisters on your feet while walking, running or hiking.
Wearing Fit Shoes
Shoes are one of the most common causes of blisters. It is advisable to avoid wearing shoes of the wrong size that may cause your feet to cramp or pinch. Some shoes, even if of the right size, can have high friction. It may settle down after being used for a while. You should also consider whether the type of footwear is suitable for your occasion. For example, walking in dress shoes can increase the risk of blisters on your feet.
Wearing the Right Socks
Choosing the right socks can help prevent blisters on your feet to some extent. Remember to choose socks that allow moisture to escape to keep your feet dry. The socks should fit properly so that they are not too tight or too loose.
Break Shoes In
New shoes can be “tough” and uncomfortable until you break them in. You can do this by wearing a pair of thick socks. Another option is to tumble dry the shoes and let them cool before putting them on. It is advisable to wear new shoes at home first. You can get used to the fit just by wearing it for a short time.
Maintaining Proper Hygiene
Foot care is equally important. It is recommended to keep the skin on the feet clean and soft. This reduces the chance of bubble formation. When bathing, wash your feet properly, keep them hydrated and routinely use lotions and moisturizers on the skin of your feet. Changing your socks regularly and washing your shoes from time to time can also help keep your feet free of bacteria and germs.
Keep Your Feet Dry
Blisters on unruptured feet should be kept dry by loosely covering them with a bandage or leaving them in place. Blisters in areas under pressure should be treated with a special bandage to keep the area dry and prevent the blisters from popping.
Avoid Activities that Cause Symptoms
Blisters do not occur suddenly. When bubbles occur, the place feels uncomfortable. It’s good to observe the symptoms. Performing any tedious physical tasks can lead to blister formation. If you have redness, itching, rashes or small abrasions, self-monitoring is recommended. If tight shoes or sandals damage the top layer of skin, remove them immediately. If you have allergies, be equipped with your medicine in advance.
We all have at least one experience with blisters and know that blisters can be very unpleasant and painful. Understanding the cause is ideal for preventing the formation of blisters and the deterioration of existing ones. Treatment should be based on the identified factors. Don’t miss the symptoms.