Blisters aren’t a major condition, but the pain that they cause is pretty serious. Read these helpful tips to learn how to decrease the pain and discomfort associated with them.
The warmer months are right around the corner, which means it’s time to put on your hiking boots or running shoes and enjoy the sunny weather! It also means that the more outdoor activity you put your feet through, the more likely you are to get a blister. Fortunately, blisters aren’t a serious condition – but they can be bothersome. Read these helpful tips to learn how to decrease the pain and discomfort associated with blisters.
Reducing the Pain
One of the best ways to reduce the pain associated with a blister is to protect it. Blisters form because of friction between your skin and your shoe, so once the blister forms, you’ll be in a lot of pain if the friction continues. Cover the blister so it doesn’t rub up against anything. Try not to apply too much pressure when adding a bandage. You don’t want protect your blister from your shoe only to be wrapped too tight in a bandage.
Taking Special Care
Once a blister forms, the only way to get rid of it is to let it heal. That means you have to stop doing the activity that caused you to get the blister in the first place. If you got a painful blister while riding your bike, going bike riding the next day isn’t going to make your blister go away. Blisters heal faster if you keep your feet as a comfortable as possible, which means staying off of them if you can. If you have to walk around, do it in open shoes that allow your feet to breath.
Using Ointments, Creams, and Powders
Using any type of over the counter product on your blister can help it heal or just keep from spreading an infection. If a blister bursts, there’s a greater risk of infection, so antibacterial ointment can help in this area. Creams and powder can help reduce friction when wearing shoes, ultimately helping the blister heal. Whenever you use any type of product on a blister, or even a bandage, be sure to clean the area regularly. Don’t forget to wash your hands, as well.
Foot Specialists of Birmingham
The Foot Specialists of Birmingham can help with blisters or any other foot ailments that you have. If you’d like to learn more about treating foot ailments or maintaining your foot health, Contact us today.