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Blisters: Avoid Them Or Treat Them Safely

At best, blisters are uncomfortable; at worst, they prevent us from engaging in the activities we love. We have tips to help keep you blister-free, and guidelines to safely treat blisters when they are unavoidable.

We all recognize the burning pain of a blister as outer layers of skin rub together, separate, and fill with fluid. Friction is the most common cause of a blister: we’ve walked or run too far, gardened too enthusiastically, or opted not to take the time to properly break in a new pair of shoes.

Unaddressed, blisters can grow larger, rupture, and become infected. There are guidelines for safely treating a blister, but it’s easier—and a lot more pleasant—to prevent them from forming. Here are our tips to keep your feet, ankles, and hands blister-free:

You can’t always prevent a friction blister, and you might also develop another type of blister. Minor burns and medical conditions can cause blisters, and blood blisters can develop on pinched or crushed skin.

If you have a blister, don’t drain it unless it prevents activity. The clear fluid of a friction blister will eventually be reabsorbed as new skin forms. When draining is necessary, clean your hands and the blistered skin, and then use a sterilized needle to gently puncture a spot near the blister’s edge. Treat the area with antibiotic ointment, bandage it, and keep it clean and protected as it heals. In most cases, following these guidelines will heal your blister without a problem. Should you notice increasing redness, drainage, or pain, consult your doctor.

Summit Orthopedics offers personalized foot and ankle expertise

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle physicians understand that your mobility depends on the health of your feet and ankles. If you have suffered an injury or are experiencing symptoms that make walking painful, our team of foot and ankle specialists can help with conservative treatment, seasoned surgical teams, and expert rehabilitation support. Summit Orthopedics specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely get you back on your feet and on your way.

Start your journey to optimal foot health. Find your foot and ankle expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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