Blisters are painful sores that develop from friction or irritation on your skin, so it’s important to cover the affected spot and reduce the rubbing. You may need to pad your shoes with moleskin or a gel pad to preventing irritation. If a blister recurs frequently in the same location, you may need a custom orthotic to cushion and protect your foot. When one appears, do your best to leave the blister intact, so the raw skin under the bubble will be less likely to get infected. Use a bandage with antiseptic to cover the sore. Cushioned bandages with a hole in the center can protect the spot without putting any direct pressure on it. If you are diabetic, however, contact a specialist like Dr. Evan Merrill right away to make sure the blister is properly cleaned and bandaged to prevent it from deteriorating into an ulcer.
If your blister isn’t healing, or pain from it is limiting your mobility, don’t ignore the problem. That will only allow it time to worsen. Instead, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford right away for more information or an appointment. You can reach us by calling (541) 776-3338 or visiting the website contact page.