How to Treat Blisters
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Blisters are fluid-filled pockets that form under the skin when it has been damaged. They are usually the result of rubbing or pressure, which is why they commonly occur on the feet. While seemingly insignificant, blisters can cause a lot of pain and discomfort and can be surprisingly hard to treat. The good news is that there are a number of steps that you can take to relieve the pain caused by a blister, encourage fast healing, and prevent the formation of blisters in the future.
Blisters on the feet usually form when the skin rubs continually against a shoe or sock. Initially, the rubbing will cause irritation and inflammation, and when this continues, or pressure is placed on this area of skin, small tears can occur in the skin. In an effort to protect the underlying tissue, the body will then fill the opening that has formed between the layers of skin with clear fluid. If there are blood capillaries at the site of the blister, it may fill with a mixture of fluid and blood. While this may look alarming, the blood blister should heal in the same manner (and in the same period of time) as a "normal" clear blister.
Don't Burst Your Bubble
When you pop a blister, you're actually inhibiting your body's natural healing process, exposing the damaged tissue to dirt and germs, and therefore increasing the risk of infection. If the blister is left to perform its function, the damaged tissue will heal and the fluid will be reabsorbed into your body in about one week. Once popped, the blister is not only more likely to become infected, but will also be more painful if further rubbing occurs, and will take longer to heal. So, no matter how tempting it is, don't pop your blister!
If the blister happens to burst by itself (something that often happens when a blister forms on a toe), allow the fluid to drain naturally, then cover the blister with a sterile dressing or blister plaster. Be sure to change the dressing daily, and consult a doctor if the sore becomes infected.
Help It Heal
The key to quickly healing a blister is to protect it against further rubbing and pressure. Placing a protective plaster or guard over the blister will not only keep it intact and encourage it to heal, but will also likely reduce the pain caused by the blister. You can encourage healing and prevent friction with the following products:
The Compeed Foot Care Toe Blister Plasters (Pack of 8) are designed specifically for use on the toes and will not only encourage healing, but also cushion the blister for immediate pain relief. These plasters not only remain in place for several days without reapplication, but can actually be used both to treat and prevent blisters!
Shield your healing blisters and prevent future pain with Pro11 Neoprene Heel Savers for General Comfort and the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. These heel and ankle compression sleeves cushion and protect the heels, reducing rubbing. Thanks to a slim design, these heel savers can be worn with socks and shoes as per usual.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
Heel plasters and heel sleeves are great for preventing rubbing – both to heal and prevent blisters. You can also try the following products to prevent the formation of blisters on your feet:
Heel grips are cushioning pads that you insert into the backs of your shoes to prevent rubbing at the heels. They are available in various different materials, colours and thicknesses. For flat, closed-back shoes, try the Dasco Suede Heel Grips. These soft, discreet heel inserts are shaped and contoured for superior comfort and, due to their self-adhesive backing, will remain firmly in place.
To prevent high heels from rubbing on your heels, try the Pedag Gel Anti-Slip Heel Grips. These thin, clear, self-adhesive gel pads work a treat. Best of all, they are removable and washable, so you can use them time and time again.
The Compeed Foot Care Anti-Blister Stick applies a coat of clear formula to the skin that functions as a barrier between the skin and shoe to prevent friction. This nifty stick can be used throughout the day, and, because the formula is invisible, it can be used no matter what shoes you're wearing that day.