A foot blister is one of most people’s concerns when it comes to their feet. It is associated with friction between the feet and the shoes, especially if the shoes are newly bought or if it does not exactly fit the feet. As a result, it affects a person’s movement, and potentially, his activities of daily living. The following are the causes, signs and symptoms, and home remedies for foot blisters.
Pressure and trauma are two causes of foot blisters. According to Body Glide, the blisters may also result from increased temperatures that promote feet sweating and swelling, which leads to the feet rubbing against the shoes. A wrinkled sock contributes to the problem, in addition to a hot or humid weather, and feet swelling. As per Blister Prevention, a person’s skin type also contributes to the condition; one who has a low shear strength is prone to blister formation than a person who has a higher shear strength.
Signs and Symptoms
Foot blisters present various signs and symptoms. According to Body Glide, it begins with a hot spot, a spot on the foot that feels hot or irritated. As per the publication, it is the body’s first indicator that something wrong is happening between the shoes and the foot. If unmanaged, the blister will appear as a bubble in the hot spot. It may become infected if it breaks and this serves as another problem for the person.
While medications or ointments can be applied on the blister to support healing and recovery, remedies can also be done at home to help manage the condition.
Foot hygiene is one remedy that can be done for foot blisters. Since, sweating contributes to swelling, keeping the foot clean and dry helps prevent the condition from progressing. According to Foot Smart, keeping the area clean and protected is the best thing a person can do if he has already developed the blister. On top of this, he should discontinue wearing the item that caused the blister. To add, foot hygiene prevents skin infection by bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Dressing the blister is one remedy for foot blisters. According to Blister Prevention, it helps reduce pressure and friction, two contributing forces to the blister. One may use an island dressing, which has an absorbent pad that does not stick to the blister. It is surrounded by an adhesive, which makes it intact or in good contact with the skin. As per the publication, it is vital not to stick anything to the blister; otherwise the blister roof may tear when the dressing is removed.
Another remedy for foot blisters is aloe vera. According to Top 10 Home Remedies, aloe vera is a natural healer and it has proven is effectiveness when it comes to foot blister treatment. As per the publication, the plant has anti-inflammatory properties that help decrease swelling and redness. To add, it maintains skin hydration, enabling the foot skin to heal much faster. It also helps prevent and control infection. The publication recommends applying fresh aloe vera gel on the blister and allowing it to dry on its own, before rinsing it off with warm water. As an option, the person may prepare a mixture of aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil. The mixture is applied on the blister and is allowed to dry on its own, before it is rinsed off with warm water.
Foot blisters may affect a person’s movement and activities that make use of the feet, such as walking for long distances and running. Along with the aforementioned remedies, it is best to seek medical consult if the pain and discomfort persists.