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How to Prevent Blisters

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Tips and Tricks for Preventing BlistersIt’s officially the fall season, but while other places may be enjoying crisp, cool autumn air, Pleasanton residents know to expect things to stay on the warm side. The coolest September temperatures ever recorded for the area dropped to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but the average monthly highs are still in the 90s. Expect to still sweat, particularly if you’re active! Unfortunately, all that moisture increases your risk for blisters.

Blisters are painful and can force you to cut short a run or a workout. Friction and pressure on one point causes the top layers of skin to separate and the space between the layers to fill with clear fluid. Pressing against this is very painful. Fortunately, though, you can prevent these little sores. Here are a few tips and tricks for preventing blisters on the feet:

  • Shoes That Fit – Shoes that are too tight, too loose, too narrow, or too shallow can rub against your skin. Wear models that fit correctly in the heel, arch, ball of the foot, and toe box so your feet aren’t pinched or sliding around.
  • Sock Choices – This is your first line of defense against rubbing. Socks that are too loose or too small may fold or wrinkle, increasing friction. Choose fitted hosiery that helps absorb moisture, since sweat contributes to rubs. If that is not enough, try wearing two layers to diffuse the rubbing: a thin inner sock and a thicker outer one.
  • Orthotic Inserts – These special pads can help reduce pressure on blister-prone areas and serve as an extra layer of protection for your feet. Ask our staff about what kind of insert would best benefit your lower limbs.
  • Taping and Padding – Sometimes taping or lining a blister-prone spot with a moleskin pad can reduce the irritation there. Just make sure you don’t wrap tape too tightly around your foot.
  • Antiperspirants – Since sweat can increase your odds for sores, try tricks to reduce your perspiration. Rub antiperspirant on your feet and shake powder into your shoes to absorb moisture. Sprays may work as well.

Blisters on the feet don’t have to control your work-outs or your running routines. A few simple remedies may be all you need to prevent painful sores. If you continually develop a problem, particularly in the same area, or if you have diabetes, you should have your feet checked for contributing issues. Let Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, help with your blisters. Use our website or call (830) 569-3338 to make an appointment with us.

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