Philip Wells will be beginning his third leg on his barefoot walk around England on June 23rd. The traveler first began his journey to raise awareness and funds for impoverished children worldwide that walk barefoot every day. The Born Free Foundation, the Consortium for Street Children, and Ocean Stars Trust are three charities that will be benefitting from Wells’s walk. Even though blisters and sores have developed on his feet, Wells intends to continue forward with his pilgrimage.
Wells has made the habit of stopping at various schools, places of worship, and community spaces to hold dramatic poetry readings, of which he is very fond. “People are sending in ‘foot selfies’ and generously donating as I walk. Despite struggling with my feet, I am determined to continue and raise awareness for the children who suffer every day of their lives.”
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.
What are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.
How do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.
Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister seek a doctor.
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