It’s a beautiful summer day, and you’re in the mood to premiere a breezy new pair of sandals that has been sitting in your closet. You spend a tranquil morning and a sun-soaked afternoon exploring on foot, basking in the weather, perhaps walking a little more than you’d usually walk. Then, all of a sudden, a stabbing pain hits you, and slowly starts to spread through your heel. You peel off your sandal to reveal that most mood-bursting of ailments: a large, angry blister.
Luckily, there are a wide variety of natural blister treatments you may already have on hand:
In addition to being a key skin-softening ingredient in many natural lotions, aloe vera is an amazing anti-inflammatory cure. It’s one of the most effective treatments for redness, swelling, and irritation from summer blisters.
Soaking your feet in warm water with epsom salts is a great way to soothe your pain while disinfecting your blister. Keeping your blister clean will alleviate and prevent further swelling.
If you don’t have epsom salts, you can still make a wonderful foot soak with green tea. To prepare the soak, steep three bags of tea in warm water, then add in a teaspoon of baking soda as an antiseptic. If you don’t have time to completely submerge your feet, you can soak a hand towel in the green tea mixture and gently dab it on the affected area.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a great natural astringent with antibacterial properties. It is ideal for disinfecting your blister once it has popped.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another excellent home remedy for blisters. Much like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent that helps clean and dry your burst blisters.
For more tips on seasonal foot care—including burning feet, bunion prevention, and corns and calluses—schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!