Posts for tag: Blisters
While the appearance of blisters may be embarrassing, the pain accompanying them is often much worse and more of a concern for people who have them. Although blisters are a common foot problem experienced by many, have you ever wondered what the cause of those pesky blisters could be? Or, better yet, how they can be treated?
Blisters appear on a swollen part of the foot and consist of fluid, typically clear, though, depending on the blister, the fluid may also have blood. Blisters are usually caused by repeated friction or rubbing on a specific part of your foot. Here are some examples of things that can produce that constant friction:
The type of footwear and how properly your shoes fit
Your skin type and foot type (high, low or medium arch)
The moisture found around your feet
Heavy objects you may be carrying around, like a bag pack
While blisters are rarely filled with pus, pus can form if the blister is infected. In that case, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s preferable to talk to your doctor:
- Foot Pain
While the symptoms may seem common, any persistent pain needs medical attention. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful. If left untreated, the blister may turn into an ulcer, leaving you susceptible to an amputation.
Preventive Care Treatments:
There are several precautions you can take to prevent blisters. Here are a few preventative care options:
1. Make sure to wear proper fitting shoes
2. Wear moisture-wicking socks
3. Cushioned insoles are a good idea
4. Double-socks will provide extra cushion
5. Wear orthotics recommended by your podiatrist
6. Use antiperspirants, powders, and lubricants to reduce moisture and friction.
The key to healthy feet is preventative care and referring to your foot doctor whenever you have questions or concerns.
Blisters on your feet are caused by a combination of the temperature, sweat, and friction inside your footwear. Any skin irritation is exacerbated by footwear that isn’t properly fitted. If your footwear is too tight or too loose it can add to the tendency for blisters to develop.
If you notice a blister developing, removing the source of friction and carefully draining the blister without popping it will help to prevent it from worsening. Apply an antibiotic and cover the insulate the blistered area to help avoid future rubbing. You can avoid blister formation with some simple steps.
These actions will help prevent blisters from developing on your feet:
- Look for “hot spots”—Areas of the skin on your feet that are prone to blistering will first become red and irritated and feel hot and painful. Look for these areas and notice the corresponding area inside your shoes to see if there is a part of your shoe that is causing the friction. Placing a moleskin paid over the red area will help insulate it from the rubbing. Change to shoes that don’t rub on the hot spots, as outlined in the next tip.
- Wear properly fitted, supportive, and comfortable shoes— High heels and other shoes that push your toes together and rub on your feet increase irritation and blister formation. Always have your feet properly measured and buy shoes that are comfortable and supportive. Shoes with a wide toe box will help to avoid rubbing and blistering.
- Drink plenty of healthy fluids to stay properly hydrated—It’s important to maintain proper hydration so your feet don’t become swollen. Drink fluids before, during, and after hard work, sports, and exercise to keep balanced and to avoid blister formation.
For blisters that aren’t healing properly or if you notice signs of infection see your foot doctor to determine the cause. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. 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!
Some very serious foot problems can affect those with diabetes due to two main factors that are hallmarks of the disease. The first of these is peripheral neuropathy which is nerve damage to the extremities that causes a greatly reduced sense of feeling in the feet and hands. This damage is caused by years of high blood sugar levels, and makes it especially difficult to even notice when you have an injury to your foot.
The second factor that often affects diabetic patients is inadequate blood circulation caused by damage to arteries and blood vessels. High sugar levels in the blood contribute to hardening of the arteries and may even cause capillaries to leak. The reason this is a problem is that the decrease in blood circulation slows down the healing response.
Taken together, these two conditions mean that even a minor scrape, cut, or bruise can quickly become infected, possibly leading to ulcers, damage, and possible amputation of a toe, foot or lower leg.
Essential foot care for diabetic patients includes:
- Daily foot inspection—Carefully check your feet for any cuts, scrapes, blisters, puncture wounds, or ingrown toenails. Always inspect carefully between your toes and check the bottoms of your feet with a mirror if necessary.
- Keep your feet protected—It’s best to wear something sturdy on your feet even when you are at home to help prevent injury and protect your feet from sharp objects. Wear supportive, comfortable shoes that have a wide toe box to keep your toes from rubbing against the sides. Specially made diabetic footwear has thicker soles, a deeper heel cup, and stabilization capabilities using custom made orthotic inserts.
- Enjoy a low impact exercise program—Keeping your diabetes under control includes incorporating some exercise into your routine. Start slowly and add strength and flexibility exercises for your feet to help improve balance.
If you are concerned about diabetic foot care or other foot or ankle problem, 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!
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!
Selecting a practical, comfortable, and work-appropriate wardrobe can feel like a job in and of itself, especially when it comes to your shoes. Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 women wear shoes too small for their feet, and 8 out of 10 women report that their shoes are painful. Even a seemingly innocuous pair of professional shoes can leave you with soreness, blisters, and bunions by the end of a long day at the office!
Here are a few tips for navigating the store aisles and making the best choices for women’s shoes (while still retaining your sense of style):
They may be flattering, leg-elongating, and chic, but high heels unfortunately host a wide array of women’s foot problems. By putting pressure on a narrow area of the foot, high heels contribute to back and knee problems, shortened calf muscles, and an uneven gait. This makes wearers more prone to potential injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures.
If you can’t resist the allure of high heels, podiatrists like Dr. Zahid Ladha recommend well-fitted walking pumps with wide heels no higher than two inches. To minimize foot damage, it’s a good idea to alternate between your heels and well-supported walking shoes whenever possible.
While flats are a more optimal choice for your feet than high heels, there are still many choices to consider. Foot doctors recommend searching for flats that feature:
- round versus pointed toes
- laces versus slip-ons
- a wide space for your toes
- a rubber or composition sole
- a comfortable, spacious fit (no pinching or rubbing)
Nylon stockings retain heat and moisture, making them a breeding ground for fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot. They also inhibit foot and toe movement, leading to hammertoes and ingrown toenails. It is best to avoid wearing pantyhose or stockings whenever possible. If they are an essential part of your wardrobe, look for stockings that fit securely and don’t slide around on your foot.
For more professional guidance on women’s foot health, book an appointment with Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best medical care for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!