Most of us don't pay too much attention to an occasional blister. However, these fluid-filled bumps are hard to ignore when they occur frequently. Fortunately, your podiatrist, Dr. Fjelstad, not only treats blisters, but he can also help you avoid developing new ones. Here at Foot and Ankle Physicians, his office in Burnsville, MN, Dr. Fjelstad diagnoses and treats a variety of foot, ankle, and sports medicine issues, including recurrent blisters—read on to learn how he can help you.
How should I treat blisters?
Popping your blister is never a good idea. Although the blister will definitely decrease in size once the fluid drains out, you'll also increase your risk of a painful infection. Instead, wash your blister with soap and warm water every day. Put a piece of gauze or a bandage over it to protect it after drying it.
Additionally, daily foot examinations are crucial if you have diabetes. Neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that can accompany the disease, can prevent you from feeling the blister. Since diabetes slows healing, an infection can occur very quickly and may greatly threaten your overall health. Taking a quick look at your feet every day can help you spot blisters before they can cause serious health issues.
Call your Burnsville foot doctor if you notice that your blister has become infected. Signs of infection include:
- Redness or red streaks on the skin surrounding the blister
- Increasing pain
- Pus or an unpleasant odor
- A warm sensation
- Yellow crust over the blister
- Slow healing
What can I do to avoid blisters?
Avoiding shoes that rub against your feet and cause recurrent blisters is a simple solution. It's also important to keep your feet dry while mobile, so if sweating is a problem, add foot power to your socks to decrease friction or change your socks during the day.
Wearing orthotics, shoe inserts designed by your podiatrist, can also help cushion your feet and reduce pressure. They're an especially excellent choice if you have diabetes or if you are an athlete who has a recurrent blister problem.
If you do have diabetes, your foot doctor may also recommend diabetic shoes. These shoes are made of soft, seamless materials and offer a little extra cushioning and protection to your feet.
Do you have recurrent blisters or another sports medicine problem? If so, call your Burnsville, MN, podiatrist, Dr. Kim Fjelstad of Foot and Ankle Physicians, at (952) 435-2629 to schedule an appointment.