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Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Why Do Blisters Develop?

Many people enjoy walking and may be concerned about blisters developing on their feet. Blisters produce pain and discomfort and may also cause the gait, or walking style, to change. Blisters are often caused by excess friction due to the shoes and socks that are worn. A common place they develop is on the back of the heel as the foot rubs against the shoe. With enough friction, a bubble forms that is filled with a protective liquid to protect the damaged skin. The bubble will gradually drain as new skin forms under it, and a bandage may be worn to help prevent it from popping prematurely. There may be existing medical conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, that can cause a blister to form. Frostbite, extreme sunburn, or an allergic reaction to an insect bite may also result in a blister. If you would like to learn about effective blister prevention methods, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Steven Wolfington, DPM of Sheboygan Foot Care, LLC. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sheboygan, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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