Whatever the activity or type of shoe you’re wearing, blisters are one of the most common foot-related ailments. Although not severe, they can cause discomfort and prevent you from doing the things you love. With the Zpurs handy blister guide, we’ll share with you how best to avoid blisters and what you should do if one arises.
Socks, shoes and repetitive movement create heat, friction and moisture, which are the perfect conditions for boiling up a blister. New shoes have that fresh tight feel when you first begin to wear them, but as you break them in and they mould to your foot shape, blisters can occur. It’s best to break your new shoes in around your home and wear them for short periods of time to reduce the risk of developing a blister. Once your new shoes have bedded in a little, they’ll be a lot more comfortable to wear outdoors and for longer periods of time. If you’re unable to do this, then consider wearing thick socks or even popping some plasters on the prone contact points where your shoes rub your feet.
If you’re quite active, enjoy long walks, hikes or even just having a power hour in the gym, your socks play a big role in the health and happiness of your feet. You may have the most comfortable and supportive shoes for your daily adventures, but without quality breathable socks, you may find yourself in blister-town.
It’s worth investing in a few pairs of moisture-wicking socks. These socks help draw moisture away from the skin so your feet can breathe and stay dryer for longer. It’s important to wear clean socks each day to help avoid the build-up of bacteria which can cause not only blisters by athlete’s foot too!
Some people, especially athletes, will use plaster tape to wrap their feet in order to further reduce friction that can lead to blisters but also to protect existing blisters from irritation. However, there are more specialist products on the market, which help to soothe and heal blisters. Chafing sticks are designed to promote healing while providing a protective coating which allows the blister to breathe. Chafing sticks are widely available in most pharmacies.
A more traditional remedy for blisters is Castor oil. Commonly used to treat toenail fungus, you can also treat blisters by gently working castor oil into the affected area. It’s best to do this before going to sleep so your feet can heal through the night. Antibiotic ointment will help prevent the development of an infection, which is why Aloe Vera gel is often applied before you leave the house. Not only will it help fight infection and reduce swelling, but aloe vera gel will also add a little bit of lubricant for your feet, reducing friction and further irritation.
Did you know that green tea has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a brilliant natural healer? When you get home, if you find your feet are sore from friction, or you have existing blisters, simply brew up some green tea in a bowl or basin, and when it’s cool enough to, dip your feet in and leave them to soak. A green tea foot bath will help to drain the fluid inside the blister while softening the skin.
Whenever you’re dealing with existing blisters, be sure to wash the affected area and your hands thoroughly before applying any treatment. If your blister(s) worsen or your concerned about them in any way, please consult a healthcare professional.